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240519 SE The Economy of Conservation: Theoretical Approaches to Ecotourism and Neoliberalism (3.3.4) (2016W)

Continuous assessment of course work

Participation at first session is obligatory!


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 40 participants
Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Wednesday 12.10. 13:15 - 18:15 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock
Tuesday 25.10. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Thursday 15.12. 13:15 - 18:15 Seminarraum A, NIG 4. Stock
Friday 16.12. 09:45 - 14:45 Übungsraum (A414) NIG 4. Stock


Aims, contents and method of the course

This seminar has a twofold agenda: it seeks to analyze the literature on Nature Conservation within a neoliberal economic context and test it against empirical resources. It is therefore open to all participants interested in the (political) economy of nature conservation. Yet the second focus is to create an opportunity to screen empirical data gathered in the filed practice on iSimangaliso in South Africa (May/June 2016) and therefore to create a space for feedback for the paper production on this empirical sources. Those participants who did not take part in the field practice are expected to take a more general theoretical outlook and test it against the personal experiences of those who participated. iSimangaliso became South Africa’s first UNESCO World Heritage Site in December 1999. It seeks to protect a tremendously rich biodiversity and at the same time assist the local communities with various programs to give them access to potential revenues of the natural resources, including eco-tourism. It is therefore an exciting example of integrated rural development and nature conservation under the overall paradigm of social transformation.
The key aim is basically coherent with the focus of the field practice; i.e. Creating awareness on the overall topics of CBNRM, integrative approaches of nature conservation and economic development.

Assessment and permitted materials

Written paper either on general theoretical approaches or on the basis of collected ethnographic data (Interviews and other sources); length: 15 pages including literature

Seminar language: English (with the possibility of submitting a paper in German)

permitted materials: all relevant literature

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

15 pages paper (in the format of an academic article) (80 %), active involvement in discussions (20 %)

Examination topics

Social Transformation, Nature conservation, CBNRM, integrated rural development and nature conservation, transfrontier resource zones, governance of tourism, wildlife management, social transformation schemes, Black Economic Empowerment

Reading list

Will be announced in first Seminar

Association in the course directory

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