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Wildlife Conservation Laws and Legislation

Course Description

Students completing this course will have a better understanding of the legal considerations surrounding wildlife and animals in general. Students will have learned the laws and policies applicable to national and international wildlife and environmental conservation, the history of animal legal issues, and will have become familiar with the organizations tasked with developing and enforcing the law. They will also have an understanding of the cultural and societal concerns and contemporary conservation issues. Learning objectives will be accomplished through a combination of lecture material, readings, demonstrations, writing assignments, and online active discussions. Case studies will be used to supplement the lessons.


Course Topics

Module Topic
Module 1 Course Introduction
Module 2 Wildlife Legal Concerns in U.S. States
Module 3 The U.S. Constitution and State Game Laws
Module 4 Private Lands and Fisheries
Module 5 Federal Concerns
Module 6 Key Legislation
Module 7 The Future of U.S. Wildlife Law
Module 8 International Wildlife Law – The Beginning
Module 9 Putting it into Practice
Module 10 Species Regulation & Governance: Fish & Cetaceans
Module 11 Species Regulation & Governance: Birds
Module 12 Regional Regulation
Module 13 Global Regulation Part I
Module 14 Global Regulation Part II
Module 15 Cross-Sectoral Issues

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