Course code NATF350

NATF350 Human Wildlife Interactions

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Course responsible: Mahdieh Tourani
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 Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: Study year 2007-2008
Preferential right:
Course contents:
All people worldwide interact with wildlife. Humans may perceive such interactions positively, for example during occasional encounters or trough tourism and recreational hunting. Large intact wildlife populations can generate substantial revenue both nationally, trough the tourism industry and locally in community based natural resource management programs. For many indigenous people wildlife may be an absolutely essential food resource. On the other hand livestock and crop depredation may pose a threat to farm income and in some areas large mammals pose a real or perceived threat to human lives. The course will address issues related to how we value wildlife in everyday life, human carnivore interactions, crop raiding animals, conflicts over management of conservation areas and revenue generating potential from wildlife in the form of tourism and hunting. Part of the course will focus on case studies from different parts of the world. The entire course will depend on student participation. Students are expected to write a 6-7 pages semester assignment that will be published electronically on the MINA web site.
Learning outcome:


The student will gain knowledge about the most important forms of interactions between humans and wildlife and different ways of addressing such issues in a management situation.


The students shall, in a given situation, be capable to suggest solutions and opportunities to optimise conditions for co-existence between humans and wildlife.

General competence

The students will, in a management situation, be able to write scientific-based reports and suggest solutions related to co-existence between humans and wild animals.

Learning activities:
Seminars, lectures and discussions.
Teaching support:
The candidate's learning can be supported through academic guidance during the teacher's office hours.
Articles and reading material will be made available in Canvas. This will be useful to the students in their work on their semester assignment.
Completed Bachelor´s degree.
Recommended prerequisites:
The course is evaluated based on a short semester assignment.
Nominal workload:
Seminars and lectures: 30 hours. Preparing for the seminars, writing the reports and semester assignment: 120 hours.
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
Reduction of credits:
Type of course:
Seminars and lectures: 30 hours.
The quality of the course is assured by the use of an experienced external examiner.
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått