Social Issues in Forest Management
Run by School of Natural Sciences
20.000 Credits or 10.000 ECTS Credits
Organiser: Dr Bid Webb
Overall aims and purpose
The purpose of the module is explore the social, cultural, economic and political dimensions of forest management with emphasis on livelihoods and human wellbeing. The module introduces important theoretical and empirical work and takes a global perspective.
The module will provide students with the opportunity to acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of the social dimensions of forest management and to develop their abilities to review, synthesise and communicate information from a range of source materials (working both individually and collaboratively).
The module is organised into four units as outlined below:
Unit 1: Changing paradigms and new challenges in forest management; multiple stakeholder groups, diverse values/perspectives and conflict surrounding forest use and development.
Unit 2: Land-use, livelihoods and socio-economic development; understanding forest transitions; livelihoods provisioning and broader processes of economic development; employment trends; technological and product innovations in the forestry sector; changing markets for forest products/services.
Unit 3: Cultural services and human well-being; symbolic, cultural, spiritual and recreational values attached to forests and trees; forests and human health; education and knowledge systems; forests and forestry in shaping cultural landscapes.
Unit 4: Forest governance: multiple scales for multiple functions; public participation in forest decision-making; forest tenure and property rights; decentralisation/devolution and community forestry initiatives; governance in landscape restoration initiatives; certification and legality verification; payments for ecosystem services (PES) and reduced emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD).
This is a distance learning module. The module materials include guided reading materials and comprehensive reading list, introductory recorded lectures for each unit, and interactive discussion forums.
Grades C- to C+. Coursework (group learning resource and individual essay) that demonstrates satisfactory knowledge and understanding of the chosen topics, but shows limited evidence of independent research and critical thinking.
Grades B- to B+. Coursework (group learning resource and individual essay) that demonstrates good knowledge and understanding of the chosen topics, evidence of independent research and critical thinking.
Grades A- to A*. Coursework (group learning resource and individual essay) that demonstrates excellent knowledge and understanding of the chosen topics, evidence of substantial independent research and a high-level of critical thinking.
Demonstrate critical understanding of the changing paradigms and new challenges in forest management and how these relate to diverse – often competing and conflictual – social values attached to forests and trees.
Critically evaluate the roles that forests and trees play in livelihoods and economic development in different places and for different people and anticipate future trends.
Identify the multiple relationships between forests, human health and wellbeing and assess how and why these vary across time and space.
Characterise trends in the decentralisation of forest governance and associated reforms of forest tenure, and assess the challenges and opportunities of participatory approaches to forest management.
Demonstrate critical understanding of emergent forms of multi-actor and multi-level forest governance and assess future prospects.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
Working in groups to synthesize reading materials and develop a learning resource.There are 2 group projects, each requiring 25 hours of student effort.
Unit-based guided reading and audio-visual materials
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
- Leadership - Able to lead and manage, develop action plans and objectives, offer guidance and direction to others, and cope with the related pressures such authority can result in
Subject specific skills
- Understand the provisional nature of information and appreciate competing and alternative explanations.
- Apply subject knowledge to the understanding and addressing of problems.
- Recognize the moral, ethical and social issues relating to the subject.
Resource implications for students
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ddl-4201.html
Courses including this module
Optional in courses:
- D3AO: Certificate Forestry (Distance Learning) year 1 (CERT/FORDL)
- D5AG: PGCert Tropical Forestry year 1 (CERT/TF)
- D3AP: Diploma Forestry (Distance Learning) year 1 (DIP/FORDL)
- D5AH: PGDip Tropical Forestry year 1 (DIP/TF)
- D4BB: MSc Agroforest & Food Security (Dist Learn) year 1 (MSC/AGFSDL)
- D4BC: MSc Agroforestry & Food Security (Dist Learning - 2 yr PT) year 1 (MSC/AGFSDL2)
- D4BD: MSc Agroforestry and Food Security (TRANSFOR-M exch prog) year 1 (MSC/AGFSTFM)
- D3AQ: MSc Forestry (Distance Learning) year 1 (MSC/FORDL)
- D5AC: MSc Tropical Forestry (Distance Learning) year 1 (MSC/TF)