This course focuses on the theoretical and practical issues pertaining to natural resources and their management. The lecture programme will introduce theoretical content related to eco-centrism, techno-centrism and ethnocentrism, and examine various approaches and solutions to resource management issues in developing countries. The course will stimulate students to examine contemporary problems in the management of renewable resources and examine the role of resource planning. Students in the course will be required to follow field sessions and to prepare a resource map.
Course topics include: Introduction to the resource paradigm; Principles and theoretical approaches; Resource distribution, resource conflicts, resource management systems and issues, local communities and resource management, international strategies, resource management concerns, and resource mapping.