2023-2024 / ENVT3127-1

Biodiversity and societies


30h Th, 12h Mon. WS

Number of credits

 Master in population and development studies (120 ECTS)3 crédits 
 Extra courses intended for exchange students (Erasmus, ...) (Faculty of social sciences)3 crédits 
 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in agroecology (120 ECTS) (Joint-degree programme with Paris Saclay and AgroParisTech)4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS) (Renewable energy and sustainable buildings - Joint-degree programme with the University of Luxembourg)4 crédits 


Dorothée Denayer

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course focuses on learning to analyse the relationships between living non-humans - now commonly referred to as "biodiversity" - and human societies - a term that in fact covers a very wide range of situations, groups and projects that are constantly evolving.

Biodiversity and societies evolve concomitantly, and it is therefore important not only to understand their interdependence at a given moment, but also to be able to revise and constantly enrich one's understanding of these relationships. 

We will consider these relationships in detail and therefore in limited numbers: hunting, agriculture, livestock, forest and wildlife management, knowledge production and care relationships. And we will use these categories to highlight their specificities.

But the aim will actually be to go beyond these categories and/or to contribute to understanding their evolution.

We will try to analyse how relationships are constructed in an unpredictable, situated way, in complex situations.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

At the end of this course, the student will be able to...

- analyse the relations between biodiversity and societies by crossing disciplines (based on readings and scientific contributions from anthropology, philosophy and ecology),

- analyse the relations between biodiversity and societies based on real and problematic situations (based on case studies, testimonies of researchers, managers, audio-visual aids, etc.),

- work in a collaborative manner, communicate in writing and/or orally, develop reflexivity

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

- Classic" courses and seminars

- Interventions by experts

- Flipped classroom": students prepare the sessions by reading texts and reflecting individually and in groups on the questions they have. Face-to-face sessions are dedicated to answering their questions, explaining concepts and illustrating them with complementary examples

- Group work: this allows students to develop not only a knowledge of the issue in a collaborative manner but also, in parallel: reflexivity and awareness of their own point of view, an ability to situate this point of view among those of others 

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Additional information:

Attendance is strongly recommended, given the emphasis on debate and group work.

Recommended or required readings

see french version

Written work / report

Additional information:

see french version

Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course



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