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Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management

The aim of the course is for students to be familiar with the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foundation of the human dimensions field, as well as with the human aspects that characterize current issues in the governance and management of natural resources. The course includes the description of human aspects involved in natural resource management, human aspects in the management of wildlife, fish, and other natural resources, the basic patterns of conflict and conflict management, critical examination of data regarding how humans value natural resources and environmental communication.

Additional course evaluations for BI1300

Academic year 2020/2021

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30030) 2021-01-18 - 2021-03-23

Academic year 2019/2020

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30045) 2020-01-20 - 2020-03-24

Academic year 2018/2019

Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management (BI1300-30075) 2019-01-21 - 2019-03-25

BI1300 Human Dimensions of Fish and Wildlife Management, 15.0 Credits

Samhällsaspekter av vilt- och fiskförvaltning

Syllabus approved



Biology Forest science

Education cycle

Master’s level

Advanced study in the main field

Second cycle, only first-cycle courses as entry requirements(A1N)

Grading scale

5:Pass with Distinction, 4:Pass with Credit, 3:Pass, U:Fail The requirements for attaining different grades are described in the course assessment criteria which are contained in a supplement to the course syllabus. Current information on assessment criteria shall be made available at the start of the course.



Prior knowledge

Knowledge equivalent to 120 credits at the basic level including
- 60 credits Biology or
- 60 credits Natural Resource Management or
- 60 credits Forest Science or
- 60 credits Environmental Sciences or
- 60 credits in Political Science, or
- 60 credits Sociology, or
- 60 credits Human Geography
- English 6.


The aim of the course is for students to be familiar with the multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary foundation of the human dimensions field, as well as with the human aspects that characterize current issues in the sustainable governance and management of natural resources.

After completion of the course the student should be able to:
- Describe the human aspects involved in natural resource management.
- Include human aspects in the management of wildlife, fish, and other natural resources.
- Identify the basic patterns of conflict and be able to apply principles of conflict management.
- Critically examine qualitative and quantitative data regarding how humans value natural resources.
- Account for and discuss environmental communication.
- Determine when a specialist in the human dimensions of natural resources should be contacted.


This course focuses on the sustainable management of natural resources, especially fish and wildlife resources, from a contemporary human dimensions’ perspective. Participants will gain a deeper knowledge of the governance and management of fish and wildlife, why and how people value fish and wildlife, become familiar with community-related impacts on natural resources, economic considerations, conflict management, environmental communication and be able to evaluate quantitative and qualitative methods used in human dimensions research.
To fulfill the learning objectives, the course will include lectures, seminars, exercises, role plays, group assignments, study visits and literature studies, of which some will be compulsory. The student will carry out an individual project, write a report and orally present in a seminar.

Formats and requirements for examination

Approved written exams and approved participation in cumpulsory activities.
  • If the student fails a test, the examiner may give the student a supplementary assignment, provided this is possible and there is reason to do so.
  • If the student has been granted special educational support because of a disability, the examiner has the right to offer the student an adapted test, or provide an alternative assessment.
  • If changes are made to this course syllabus, or if the course is closed, SLU shall decide on transitional rules for examination of students admitted under this syllabus but who have not yet passed the course.
  • For the examination of a degree project (independent project), the examiner may also allow the student to add supplemental information after the deadline. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Other information

  • The right to take part in teaching and/or supervision only applies to the course date to which the student has been admitted and registered on.
  • If there are special reasons, the student may take part in course components that require compulsory attendance at a later date. For more information on this, please refer to the regulations for education at Bachelor's and Master's level.

Additional information

The course is a part of the Master’s Programme - Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations but is open to other students.

SLU is environmentally certified according to ISO 14001. A large part of our courses cover knowledge and skills that contribute positively to the environment. To further strengthen this, we have specific environmental goals for the education. Students are welcome to suggest actions regarding the course’s content and implementation that lead to improvements for the environment. For more information, see webpage

Responsible department

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies

Further information

Determined by: Programnämnden för utbildning inom skog (PN - S)
Biology field: Ekologi
Replaces: BI1222
There are no Grading criteria posted for this course
1) Human Dimensions of Wildlife Management (2nd Edition)
Author: Daniel J. Decker, Shawn J. Riley, William F. Siemer
ISBN: ISBN-10: 1421406543 ISBN-13: 978-1421406541
2) Navigating Environmental Attitudes
Author: Thomas A. Heberlein
ISBN: ISBN-10: 0199773335 ISBN-13: 978-0199773336
3) Scientific articles (will be slightly revised during calendar week 48)
Comments: 1. Johansson, M., Dressel, S., Kvastegård, E., Ericsson, G., Fischer, A., Kaltenborn, B., Vaske, J. & Sandström, C. (2016). Describing Human-Wildlife Interaction from a European Perspective. Human Dimensions of Wildlife, 21(2), 158-168. 2. Bennett, N.J.; Roth, R.; Klain, S.C.; Chan, K.; Christie, P.; Clark, D.A.; Cullman, G.; Curran, D.; Durbin, T.J.; Epstein, G., et al. (2017). Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation. Biological Conservation, 205, 93-108. 3. Ostrom E (2009) A General Framework for Analyzing Sustainability of Social-Ecological Systems. Science 325(5939):419-422 4. The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2019 (scan page 4-21). Available in Canvas, or HERE 5. Hunt, L. M., et al. (2013). "Illustrating the critical role of human dimensions research for understanding and managing recreational fisheries within a social-ecological system framework." Fisheries Management and Ecology 20(2-3): 111-124. 6. Dressel, S.; Ericsson, G.; Sandström, C. (2018). Mapping social-ecological systems to understand the challenges underlying wildlife management. Environmental Science & Policy, 84, 105-112, 7. Decker, D., Smith, C., Forstchen, A., Hare, D., Pomeranz, E., Doyle?Capitman, C., ... & Organ, J. (2016). Governance principles for wildlife conservation in the 21st century. Conservation Letters, 9(4), 290-295. 8. Lockwood, M.; Davidson, J.; Curtis, A.; Stratford, E.; Griffith, R. (2010). Governance Principles for Natural Resource Management. Soc. Nat. Resour., 23, 986-1001, doi:10.1080/08941920802178214. 9. Rist L, Felton A, Samuelsson L, Sandström C, & Rosvall O (2013) A new paradigm for adaptive management. Ecology & society 18(4):63-. 10. Hasselman, L. (2017). Adaptive management intentions with a reality of evaluation: Getting science back into policy. Environmental Science & Policy 2017, 78, 9-17, 11. Dressel, S.; Ericsson, G.; Johansson, M.; Kalén, C.; Pfeffer, S.E.; Sandström, C. (2020). Evaluating the outcomes of collaborative wildlife governance: The role of social-ecological system context and collaboration dynamics. Land Use Policy, 99, 105028, 12. Madsen, J., Williams, J. H., Johnson, F. A., Tombre, I. M., Dereliev, S., & Kuijken, E. (2017). Implementation of the first adaptive management plan for a European migratory waterbird population: The case of the Svalbard pink-footed goose Anser brachyrhynchus. Ambio, 46(2), 275-289. 13. Hasselman, L. (2017). Adaptive management; adaptive co-management; adaptive governance: what’s the difference? Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 24, 31-46, doi:10.1080/14486563.2016.1251857. 14. Teel, T.L.; Manfredo, M.J. (2010). Understanding the Diversity of Public Interests in Wildlife Conservation. Conservation Biology, 24, 128-139, doi:10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01374.x. 15. Kinzig, A.P.; Ehrlich, P.R.; Alston, L.J.; Arrow, K.; Barrett, S.; Buchman, T.G.; Daily, G.C.; Levin, B.; Levin, S.; Oppenheimer, M., et al. (2013). Social Norms and Global Environmental Challenges: The Complex Interaction of Behaviors, Values, and Policy. BioScience, 63, 164-175, doi:10.1525/bio.2013.63.3.5. 16. Teel, T.L.; Manfredo, M.J.; Jensen, F.S.; Buijs, A.E.; Fischer, A.; Riepe, C.; Arlinghaus, R.; Jacobs, M.H. Understanding the Cognitive Basis for Human-Wildlife Relationships as a Key to Successful Protected-Area Management. International Journal of Sociology 2010, 40, 104-123, doi:10.2753/IJS0020-7659400306. 17. Online: 18. Brauman,K., Daily G. 2014. Ecosystem Services. Encyclopedia of Ecology. 1148-1154. 19. National Research Council. 2005. Chapter 2: The Meaning of Value and Use of Economic Valuation in the Environmental Policy Decision-Making Process Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making. The National Academies Press. 33-58 20. Brauman et al. 2007. The Nature and Value of Ecosystem Services: An Overview Highlighting Hydrologic Services. Annu. Rev. Environ. Resour. 2007. 32:67–98 21. Liekens et al. 2013. Chapter 2: Ecosystem Services and Their Monetary Value. In: Ecosystem Services. 22. Sorg, C. Loomis, J. 1985. An Introduction to Wildlife Valuation Techniques. Wildlife Society Bulletin. 13(1): 38-46. 23. National Research Council. 2005. Chapter 4: Methods of Non-market Valuation. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making. The National Academies Press. 95-152 24. The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency. 2018. Guide to valuing ecosystem services 25. Guerra, A. S., Madigan, D. J., Love, M. S., & McCauley, D. J. 2018. The worth of giants: The consumptive and non?consumptive use value of the giant sea bass (Stereolepis gigas). Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems, 28(2), 296-304. 26. Martínez-Cruz, A. L., Juárez-Torres, M., & Guerrero, S. 2017. Assessing impacts from climate change on local social-ecological systems in contexts where information is lacking: An Expert Elicitation in the Bolivian Altiplano. Ecological Economics, 137, 70-82. 27. Johnston, R. J., Boyle, K. J., Adamowicz, W., Bennett, J., Brouwer, R., Cameron, T. A., ... & Tourangeau, R. (2017). Contemporary guidance for stated preference studies. Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists, 4(2), 319-405. 28. Navrud, S., & Strand, J. (2018). Valuing global ecosystem services: What do European experts say? Applying the delphi method to contingent valuation of the amazon rainforest. Environmental and Resource Economics, 70(1), 249-269. 29. Myers, et al. 2013. The relationship between personal experience and belief in the reality of global warming. Nature Climate Change, 3, 343-347. 30. Herrnstadt, E., Muehlegger, E. 2014. Weather, salience of climate change and congressional voting. 2014. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, 68, 435-448. 31. Goebel et al. 2015. How natural disasters can affect environmental concerns, risk aversion, and even politics: evidence from Fukushima and three European countries. Journal of Population Economics, 28, 1137-1180. 32. Liekens and Leo De Nocker. 2013. Valuation of ES: Challenges and Policy Use. In: Ecosystem Services. 33. CMP Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation v4.0 (2020) 34. Redpath SM, et al. (2013). Understanding and managing conservation conflicts. Trends in Ecology & Evolution 28(2):100-109. 35. Madden, F.; McQuinn, B. Conservation’s blind spot: The case for conflict transformation in wildlife conservation. Biological Conservation 2014, 178, 97-106, 36. Berkes, F., Colding, J., & Folke, C. (2000). Rediscovery of traditional ecological knowledge as adaptive management. Ecological applications, 10(5), 1251-1262. 37. Ban, NC, Frid, A., Reid, M., Edgar, B., Shaw, D., Siwallace, P. (2018). Incorporate Indigenous perspectives for impactful research and effective management. Nature Ecology & Evolution: 2, 1680. 38. Moon, K., & Blackman, D. (2014). A guide to understanding social science research for natural scientists. Conservation Biology, 28(5), 1167-1177. 39. Dilllman, D. A., Smyth, J. D., & Christian, L. M. (2014). Internet, phone, mail, and mixed-mode surveys: the tailored design method. John Wiley & Sons. (excerpts from chapter 1 & 3 will be shared via Canvas) Additional paper clippings will be used during the workshops

Course facts

The course is offered as an independent course: Yes The course is offered as a programme course: Forest Science - Master´s Programme Conservation and Management of Fish and Wildlife Populations - Master´s Programme Forest Ecology and Sustainable Management - mastersprogramme Tuition fee: Tuition fee only for non-EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens: 38054 SEK Cycle: Master’s level
Subject: Biology Forest science
Course code: BI1300 Application code: SLU-30097 Distance course: No Language: English Responsible department: Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Environmental Studies Pace: 100%