Courses Catalogue

Communication And Conflict Resolution In Natural Resource Management

COURSE CODE: ENV2202
COURSE CREDIT UNIT: 4
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME: Environmental Management, Bsc
COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: School of Natural and Applied Sciences
STATUS: Core
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Description

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students to the concept of conflicts in resources management. In the face of resources scarcity there is always a likelihood that conflicts are meant to arise and therefore students need to be equipped with enough communication skills so that they can ably address conflict and yield a win-win situation so as to achieve sustainable development.

 

COURSE JUSTIFICATION/RATIONALE

 

Resource scarcity world over has been promulgated by different authors to cause conflicts, therefore the students will need to acknowledge the dynamic nature of conflicts in natural resources management and be equipped with the communication and conflicts resolution skills.

 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

 

By the end of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Define what conflicts are and how they develop.
  • Differentiate between functional and dysfunctional conflict and other types of conflict.
  • Identify various causes of conflict in natural resource management.
  • Discuss the impacts of conflicts
  • Identify ways through which Communication can be effectively used to overcome conflicts and ensure a win-win situation for all the parties.
  • Outline the various approaches to deal with conflict.

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

A student completing the course is expected to:

§  Demonstrate knowledge of the causes, dynamics, and consequences of natural resource and environmental conflicts;

§  Outline the range of possible approaches to prevent and manage such conflict;

§  Gather appropriate information and assess the need for public engagement, dialogue,  and   conflict  resolution;

§  Design public processes that are inclusive, informed, and deliberative;

§  Adapt these principles to public participation, community based collaboration, administrative rulemaking, environmental impact assessment, land use and resource planning, and legislative policymaking;