NATF350 Human Wildlife Interactions

Credits (ECTS):5

Course responsible:Stein Ragnar Moe

Campus / Online:Taught campus Ås

Teaching language:Engelsk

Course frequency:Annually

Nominal workload:Seminars, lectures, and personal guidance: 25 hours. Preparing for the seminars, writing the reports and semester assignment: 100 hours.

Teaching and exam period:This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.

About this course

All people worldwide interact with wildlife. Humans may perceive such interactions as positive or negative. Positive interactions involve wildlife tourism, occasional encounters, and harvest (subsistence and safari hunting) while negative interactions relate to crop damage, livestock depredation, direct attack on humans as well as zoonotic diseases. The course will address issues related to all major categories of human-wildlife interactions. Part of the course will focus on case studies from different geographical areas where a multidisciplinary group of guest lectures present results from their research. The entire course will depend on student participation. Students are expected to write a ~6-page semester assignment that will be published electronically on the MINA web site.

Learning outcome


The student will have a research-based multidisciplinary understanding of human-wildlife conflicts and co-existence and know the different broad categories of human-wildlife interactions


The student will be able to judge the quality of information in human-wildlife interaction literature and capable of evaluating different human-wildlife interaction scenarios and suggest mitigating alternatives in conflict situations. Students will be able to work independently with writing a scientific report using current methods, scientific arguments, and theories.

General competence

The student will be able to synthesize skills and knowledge on human-wildlife interactions to a broad set of situations. Based on the experience with reading and evaluating scientific literature the student should be able to write a science-based reports on several related topics.

  • Seminars, lectures and discussions.
  • The candidate's learning is supported through academic supervision, also on an individual basis. Supervision during the work with the term paper is particularly emphasised.
  • Completed Bachelor´s degree.
  • The course is evaluated based on a term paper.

  • An external examiner evaluates all the term papers.
  • Seminars and lectures: 25 hours.
  • Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)