Conservation: Genes, Populations and Biodiversity

University of Cape Town

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conservation: Genes, Populations and Biodiversity

  • Host University

    University of Cape Town

  • Location

    Cape Town, South Africa

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Course entry requirements: BIO2010F

  • Course Level Recommendations


    ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.

    Hours & Credits

  • Host University Units

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course outline:
    This course introduces students to the science and practice of conservation biology, beginning with an overview of conservation issues, the value of biodiversity, extinction risks and the history and philosophy of conservation. The conservation of biodiversity at the level of genes, species, populations and ecosystems, starting with the understanding of conservation at the genetic level as well as the management of genetic diversity are explored. At the species and population levels, the life history, behaviour and the management of populations in the real world is covered. The conservation and management of ecosystems is considered in terms of important processes, such as disturbance, and threats by alien plants and animals. This course concludes by considering conservation and society. Issues to be considered here include: incentives, access, who benefits from conservation, legal aspects and management policies.

Course Disclaimer

Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.


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