Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment

Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment

Course provided by FutureLearn

Summary overview

  • Online anytime

  • 10 hours study time

  • Cross-sector

  • Free

  • NA

  • Level NA

About this course

Human conflict has both short- and long-term effects on the natural world. The environment is directly impacted by pollution and explosions and can be used as a weapon of war. In the longer term, sustainable environmental management is disrupted when conflict destabilises social systems and people are denied access to natural resources. As resources become scarcer, it might be expected that people come into conflict about access to natural resources.This course explores three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity, and applies these to explore decision-making and negotiation skills. Free to register. Fee to certificate.

Learning outcomes

  1. Compare the ‘cowboy’ economy with the circular ‘spaceman’ economy, through technological advances and resource exploitation.
  2. Discuss the extent that resource demands can lead to conflict between different users.
  3. Explore the way that conflicting forces subdue populations by denying them access to environmental resources.
  4. Develop understanding of conflict-resolution and negotiation techniques.