Course code NATF300

NATF300 Conservation Biology

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Course responsible: Anne Aslaug Sverdrup-Thygeson
Teachers: Ross Thompson Wetherbee, Ross Thompson Wetherbee
ECTS credits: 5
Faculty: Faculty of Environmental Sciences and Natural Resource Management
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:
Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in August block. This course has teaching/evaluation in August block, .
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:
Course contents:
The course covers conservation biology theory and practice and focuses on global challenges and solutions. We consider topics related to species extinction, habitat loss and shifting baseline syndrome, but we also discuss international conservation cases and trade-offs between different interests. A selection of examples from conservation biology is highlighted through lectures, some by invited guest lecturers, and by reading and discussing relevant scientific papers.
Learning outcome:


The student has advanced knowledge of scientific theory and methods in conservation biology. This includes relevant knowledge in genetics, demography, ecology, land management and social sciences. The student can apply this knowledge in new areas within the subject area.


The student can find and acquire relevant background material on specific challenges and academic issues in conservation biology, and can analyze, present and contribute to academic discussions about these challenges and issues. The student can analyze and relate critically to various sources of information and can use these to structure and formulate their own professional reasoning within conservation biology.

General competence:

The student masters the subject area's forms of expression, and can apply his knowledge and skills to carry out advanced work tasks and projects, as well as contribute to professional discussions of this. The student can communicate about academic issues, analyzes and conclusions within the subject area, both with specialists and to the general public.

Learning activities:
Lectures, discussions and self-study.
Teaching support:
The teacher responsible for the course is available during office hours to answer questions about the subject.
The textbook is not yet decided. In addition to the textbook, selected scientific articles on conservation biology, as well as everything from the lectures (including invited lecturers), form the syllabus.
ECOL200, NATF200.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
The written examination lasts 3 hours.
Nominal workload:
Structured teaching: 30 hours. Students" own effort - preparation for discussions, lectures and exam: 95 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Special requirements in Science
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Lectures and discussions: 30 hours.
An experienced external examiner grades the examination.
Examination details: :