LFKK10246U Thematic Course: Interdisciplinary Land Use and Natural Resource Management
- Introducing theoretical and methodological approaches to interdisciplinary studies of natural resource management and rural livelihoods in developing countries
- Enabling students to apply their own disciplinary skills in interdisciplinary problem-based group work
- Training in field based investigation of concrete topics/problems
- Ensuring exposure to methods from both natural and social science
- Providing students the experience of working with developing country counterparts
- Stimulating reflection on all the above
The course is jointly organised by Faculty Science, Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Copenhagen and Roskilde University, and attracts students from a range of natural and social science disciplines. Most land use and natural resource management issues in developing countries are best approached interdisciplinary. Hence, the central theme in the course is learning and using interdisciplinary methods and theoretical approaches through problem-oriented field work in a developing country in collaboration with local counterparts. While working with students from other disciplines, students should apply their own disciplinary skills in order to address the identified topics/questions within land use, rural development and natural resource management. Close co-operation with local students will ensure exposure to working in an inter-cultural environment. The course includes training in analysing and developing project proposals; planning and conducting field work; selection and application of data collection methods (e.g. questionnaire design, interview techniques, bio-physical sampling methods, PRA techniques); data recording and processing; and writing field reports. This will allow students to participate effectively in interdisciplinary assignments in developing countries, and serve as a basis for understanding strengths and weaknesses of each student’s own discipline, including comparative advantages of academic disciplines relevant to rural livelihoods and natural resource management in developing countries.
The SLUSE programme at the former KVL, UC and RUC have carried out interdisciplinary field courses in collaboration with university counterparts in Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kenya and Southern Africa since 1998.
For logistical reasons, students must enrol by October. Check course homepage for more information: www.sluse.dk
The course offers a training experience in selecting, applying and evaluating field methods for natural resource management from an interdisciplinary perspective. After completing the course the students should be able to:
Describe and show overview of key field data collection methods (both natural and social science methods)
Describe and define central concepts and terms within development and natural resource management
Integrate own knowledge, skills and competences into interdisciplinary groups tasked with complex, interdisciplinary problems
Select relevant methods and construct a research plan for investigating a real-life natural resource “problem”
Apply selected methods in the field
Analyse and report collected field data
Reflect on research plan and reliability of collected data
Generalize and reflect on results observed/obtained at the case level to broader issues of sustainability, livelihood, natural resource management and development
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- 15 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Oral examinationDescription of Examination: Assessment of field report. Individual oral examination in synopsis, field report and course curriculum.
Weight: Field report: 50% Oral exam: 50%
- Exam registration requirements
- Min. 75% participation in excercises. Participation in excursions. Active contribution to groupwork
- All aids allowed
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- External censorship
- If 10 or fewer register for the reexamination the examination form will be oral.
Criteria for exam assesment
- Theory exercises
- Project work
- Theory exercises