Course Description

Course Name

Conservation: Genes, Populations and Biodiversity

Session: VCPS3122

Hours & Credits

36 Host University Units

Prerequisites & Language Level

Course entry requirements: BIO2010F

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Course outline:
This course introduces students to the science and practice of conservation biology, beginning with an overview of conservation issues, the value of biodiversity, extinction risks and the history and philosophy of conservation. The conservation of biodiversity at the level of genes, species, populations and ecosystems, starting with the understanding of conservation at the genetic level as well as the management of genetic diversity are explored. At the species and population levels, the life history, behaviour and the management of populations in the real world is covered. The conservation and management of ecosystems is considered in terms of important processes, such as disturbance, and threats by alien plants and animals. This course concludes by considering conservation and society. Issues to be considered here include: incentives, access, who benefits from conservation, legal aspects and management policies.

*Course content subject to change