|Teaching methods (Werkvormen)
Students should gain some basic insights in the tension between the heterogeneity of actors that (should) have a stake in natural resources management on the one hand and the need for an integrated approach and close cooperation among these various stakeholders on the other. They should be able to specify and discuss general strategies of so-called ‘boundary work' to deal with this tension between diversity and sustainability.
Climate change, air pollution, deforestation, loss of biodiversity, stratospheric ozone depletion, land and freshwater degradation - all these environmental problems have effects that transcend national boundaries; they cannot be solved by the unilateral decisions of individual states but require international cooperation. Moreover, these problems are interconnected and cannot be solved in isolation. For instance, climate change can lead to depletion of the ozone layer, loss of biodiversity, land degradation, desertification, and alteration of the global hydrological cycle. These negative impacts in turn reinforce each other through feedback loops, which results in a serious threat to land productivity, food supply, and freshwater availability. Because they are so closely connected, these global environmental threats require an integrated approach. But such an approach is frustrated by the existing multiplicity of communities with diverse and sometimes diverging ethical visions and moral vocabularies. So, there is a strong tension between on the one hand the diversity of actors that have a stake in sustainable development and on the other hand the need for a close cooperation between these various stakeholders. This tension between sustainability and diversity can only successfully be resolved through processes of communication, conflict management and consensus building across the lines that separate communities and their social and moral worlds. Such ‘boundary work' is the central topic of this course.
Students should study the literature, participate in discussions, make at least one presentation, and write a brief essay.
J. Keulartz: Werken aan de grens - een pragmatische visie op natuur en milieu. Damon, 2005.
|Extra information (Bijzonderheden)
Foreign students should contact the teacher 6 weeks in advance.
prof. dr. F.W.J. Keulartz
drs. I.E.M. Dankelman
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-'Master Biology and Master Medical Biology'
-'Master Environmental Sciences'
-'Master Molecular Life Science'
-'Master Natural Science'