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University of Leeds

Environmental Challenges

University of Leeds via FutureLearn Program

Overview

The Environmental Challenges program consists of five short online courses that look at the relationships between people and nature, and the challenging and difficult decisions we face when managing natural resources.

You will see through case studies and discussions that environmental management policies not only need to be economically and environmentally sound, but they also need to be formulated with social fairness if they are to be sustainable.

Accessible for free on desktop, tablet or mobile, the five courses can be taken in any order, providing a flexible way to enhance your environmental management skills and demonstrate your continuing professional development (CPD).

Syllabus

Courses under this program:
Course 1: Environmental Challenges: Justice in Natural Resource Management
-How do we ensure that the difficult decisions about the management of natural resources are just and fair for all?

Course 2: Environmental Challenges: Rights and Values in Ecosystem Services
-Differences in values can create conflict. How can we learn to manage our natural resources with integrity?

Course 3: Environmental Challenges: Hierarchy in Property Rights
-How does language help us develop our relationship with nature and determine the rights of access and ownership?

Course 4: Environmental Challenges: Human Impact in the Natural Environment
-Complexity in nature arises from a myriad of simple interactions. How can this lead to an unpredictable dynamism?

Course 5: Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment
-War and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. What is the impact on both people and the environment?

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Taught by

Jon Lovett

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