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EV5209 - Principles and Practices of Protected Area Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Marine & Environmental Sciences

Available to postgraduate students and advanced undergraduate students with appropriate background (approval of Head of School required and subject to available places).

This subject is designed to build theoretical and applied knowledge in the field of Protected Area Management. Students will be introduced to the history and concept of protected areas; fundamentals of the social, economic and ecological dimensions of protected areas; the role and issues facing indigenous people in protected areas; governance, management and evaluation of protected areas; and current issues and challenges facing protected area managers internationally. Through participating in this subject, students will have the opportunity to engage in an interactive, varied and interdisciplinary learning experience through lectures, tutorials and discussions with a variety of active researchers active in the field of Protected Area Management.

Learning Outcomes

  • the concept of protected areas, their history and origins, and their variety of purpose and type;
  • key theories, tools and concepts related to protected area design and management from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • the issues that challenge the effective use of protected area design and management from an interdisciplinary perspective;
  • specific case studies of terrestrial and marine protected areas including the experiences of a range of managers and researchers;
  • the availability and quality of the internet and other public sources for obtaining protected area information.


Townsville, Limited, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2015
Non-standard start/end 21-Jan-2015 to 19-Jun-2015
Face to face teaching 21-Jan-2015 to 30-Jan-2015
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Peter Valentine, Dr Amy Diedrich
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Peter Valentine, Dr Amy Diedrich.
Workload expectations:
  • 60 hours - Approximately 60 hours of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals during the block mode period
Assessment: presentations (30%); essays (40%); school-administered final exam (30%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.