Conservation of Wildlife and Mediterranean Ecosystems

The American College of Greece

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Conservation of Wildlife and Mediterranean Ecosystems

  • Host University

    The American College of Greece

  • Location

    Athens, Greece

  • Area of Study

    Conservation, Ecology, Wildlife Biology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    ES1000 Environmental Science: Ecosystems and Biodiversity

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • US Credits

    3
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    DESCRIPTION:
    An analysis of terrestrial, aquatic and marine Mediterranean ecosystems and wildlife with emphasis on endangered and protected species, conservation and management techniques.

    RATIONALE: 
    Conservation of Wildlife and Mediterranean Ecosystems integrates an analysis of the structure and function of Mediterranean terrestrial, aquatic and marine ecosystems of Greece, flora and fauna, endangered and protected species as well as wildlife and ecosystem conservation and management principles. The course is providing essential knowledge for whoever would be engaged professionally in the area of the Mediterranean, in environment-related issues.

    LEARNING OUTCOMES: 
    After having taken this course, the student should be able to:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of biodiversity and conservation issues. Demonstrate knowledge of characteristics of terrestrial and aquatic Mediterranean ecosystems, of major threats facing these systems and of protection and conservation measures
    2. Critically evaluate strategies used at local and global level to address issues of biodiversity and conservation.
    3. Assess a Mediterranean biodiversity issue, appraise adopted methods and processes, and propose relevant solutions, finally, planning and composing a project report.
    4. Demonstrate ability to communicate research findings effectively in several forms (e.g. written, graphical and verbal), and defend them in a professional manner.

    METHOD OF TEACHING AND LEARNING:
    In congruence with the learning and teaching strategy of the college, the following tools are used:
    • Class lectures, interactive learning (class discussions, group work), video presentations and case studies discussed in class.
    • Exercises and primary source documents are assigned as homework, the answers and critical response to which are reviewed in class
    • Students’ projects and presentations
    • Office hours: students are encouraged to make full use of the office hours of their instructor, where they can ask questions, see their exam paper, and/or go over lecture/lab material.
    • Use of a blackboard site, where instructors post lecture notes, assignment instructions, timely announcements, as well as additional resources.