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 Content and Outline

COURSE CONTENT

 

TOPIC

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The concept of conflicts

3

The different views about conflicts

  • Traditional view
  • The human relations view
  • The interactive view.

 

3

Bad and good conflicts

3

Sources of Conflicts in Natural Resource Management

  • Competition
  • Structural causes of conflict
  • Socio-economic change fuelling conflict
  • Management policies, programmes and projects as sources of conflicts.

 

8

Stages in the conflict process

3

Styles of conflict resolution

  • Competition
  • Avoidance and withdrawal
  • Accommodation
  • Compromising
  • Collaboration

 

10

Options for managing conflict

  • The process map
  • Customary systems for managing conflict.
  • National legal systems
  • Managing information in conflict resolution.

 

5

Communicating in natural resources management

  • Introduction to communication
  • Concept of communication
  • Communication process
  • Elements /aspects of communication
  • Forms/ classification of communication

 

9

Media of communication

  • Introduction
  • Oral communication
  • Written communication
  • Audio-visual communication
  • Technological communication in the communication media

 

5

Barriers to communication

  • Medium barriers Physical barriers
  • Comprehension barriers
  • Socio-psychological barriers

 

5

How to overcome barriers to communication.

3

Improving communication for effective environmental management

3

 

MODE OF DELIVERY

  • Lectures
  • Reading assignments
  • Practical assignments
  • Hands-on work in the industry

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS AND / OR EQUIPMENT

  • Whiteboard and Markers
  • Flip Charts
  • LCD Projectors
  • CDs, DVDs and Tapes