War, Peace, and the Natural World

Programme Code: CCST9054

Faculty of: Science, School of Biological Sciences & Common Core Office

Targeted Students: HKU Undergraduates, Non HKU Undergraduates

Area of Interest: Science

Credits: 6

Programme Period: June 27, 2022 to July 22, 2022

Programme Schedule: Monday, Wednesday & Friday (09:30 - 11:20)

Programme Fee: HKD 11,600

Teaching Mode: Face to Face

Discount(s) on Programme Fee:
20% - HKUSI Alumni Discount
10% - Partner Discount / Referral Discount / HKU Members Discount
5% - Early Bird Discount (Deadline: February 28, 2022) / Private Discount
* All discounts are NOT in conjunction with any other discounts.
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Deadline for Application:
March 31, 2022 (for non-local students)
July 10, 2022

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Note to HKU Students:

*Should you be interested in applying for the above programme, please register in SIS system during the summer add/drop period in June 2022.*


Course Description:

War is often used as a means to advance political agendas and justified through perceived benefits to society. Yet, the act of war is universally disastrous for our planet’s environmental health. War and violent conflicts displace humans, destroy terrestrial and aquatic resources, and lead to the exploitation and extirpation of biodiversity. At the same time, military infrastructure and “off-limits” areas have become some of the world’s best conservation areas. Regardless, the human toll of war makes it easy for the public to overlook the immeasurable damage and few benefits that war inflicts on nature. This course will cover the major themes of conservation biology and ecology through the lens of direct and indirect consequences on ecosystems as a result of human conflicts. These themes include species extinctions, habitat loss, climate change, pollution, invasive species, and a few positive examples of conservation, ecosystem restoration, and species recovery. The course will highlight case studies for students to critically evaluate, providing a historical context for the conflict and the ecological and socio-economic consequences.

Course Instructor(s):

Dr. David Baker, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science /
Dr. Evan Pickett, Faculty of Science

Course Outline:


Programme Schedule:

Monday, Wednesday & Friday (09:30 – 11:20)


• Students of non-credit bearing programmes will receive a certificate upon programme completion. Students of credit-bearing programmes can apply a transcript stated with HKU credits, please contact your home institution about the issue related to HKU credits recognition.

• You understand that you must be available for the entire duration of the programme, from the start to the end of the programme. 20% absence is allowed for emergencies or sick leave with legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence. Students have the responsibility to contact the programme coordinator and/or teacher concerned about this ahead of time. No exceptions will be made, unless prior approval has been given. You are expected to be punctual for all classes and tutorials. Unexcused cases of lateness may count as absence. Students who fail to achieve an 80% of attendance or absence without legitimate reason and official letterhead proof for the absence will not be awarded the HKU Credits or the Certificate of Completion.