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Increasing populations and social changes are pressurising our relationship with the environment. Property rights are embedded in power structures and land management. This course explores the different ways that nature is perceived by different types of societies and the impact of property rights on natural resource management. 

This course explores three approaches to the hierarchy of property rights, and applies these to environmental use and management around the world. It also includes advice on producing a policy brief for an environmental issue.

The principles of hierarchy in property rights 

The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in 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 completing all aspects of the course you will have achieved 14 hours of CPD time.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to… 
  • Explain the difference in perceptions of nature between hunter-gatherers and agriculturalists. 
  • Explore the different ‘bundles’ of access rights associated with natural resource ownership, as described by Ostrom. 
  • Discuss Boserup’s theory that greater population densities can lead to improved land management. 
  • Summarise a key environmental issue and produce a briefing note appropriate for decision making. 
  • Ozone certificate

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