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Course Overview

Human conflict has both short and long term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions; and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilises social systems and people are denied access to natural resources. As resources become scarcer, it might be expected that people come into conflict about access to natural resources. This course explores three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity, and applies these to explore decision making and negotiation skills

  • The economics of the coming spaceship Earth
  • Scarcity and conflict
  • The environment as a weapon of war


Applying the principles

  • Case study: International relations
  • Discussion Focusing on – Conflict resolution and negotiation skills: Environment and conflict

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in conflict and environmental decision-making; no previous knowledge or experience is required. If you are working in environmental management, or wish to learn more about it, this course is designed to support you as a professional.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to…
  • Compare the ‘cowboy’ economy with the circular ‘spaceman’ economy, through technological advances and resource exploitation.
  • Discuss the extent that resource demands can lead to conflict between different users.
  • Explore the way that conflicting forces subdue populations by denying them access to environmental resources.
  • Develop understanding of conflict resolution and negotiation techniques.