Free Online Course on Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment

Free Online Course on Environmental Challenges Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment
Certificate fee scholarship is available for this course.

Institution: University of Leeds
Start Date: Available now

The University of Leeds is offering its free online course entitled as “Environmental Challenges: Scarcity and Conflict in the Natural Environment”. The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in conflict and environmental decision-making.

In this course, you will learn how war and conflict can severely disrupt the governance of the environment. This course explores three aspects of conflict and resource scarcity and applies these to explore decision making and negotiation skills. The course is ongoing.

Course Summary

  • Duration: 2 weeks
  • Commitment: 5 hours per week
  • Subject: Environment
  • Institution: University of Leeds
  • Languages: English
  • Price: Free
  • Session: Available now
  • Requirement:  None
  • Certificate Available: Yes

Who Developed the Course

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a center of excellence for teaching.

Target Audience

  • The course is suitable for anyone with a general interest in conflict and environmental decision-making; no previous knowledge or experience is required.
  • If you are working in environmental management, or wish to learn more about it, this course is designed to support you as a professional.

Where Could This Lead You

After completing this course, you can apply for jobs in the given fields:

  • Professional
  • Environmental Consultant

Get Extra Benefits

Pursue a Verified Certificate to highlight the knowledge and skills you gain (Upgrade – $109)

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible

How to Join This Course

  • You can register yourself here.
  • You can use the hashtag #FLenvconflict to talk about this course on social media.

Course Format

 Following topics you will cover:

  • Be introduced to the pioneering environmental economist Ken Boulding.
  • Understand the difference between a ‘cowboy’ economy based on throughput, and a circular ‘spaceman’ economy.
  • Appreciate the role of technology in changing production methods and enabling increased exploitation of natural resources.
  • Understand how demand for natural resources, in particular, oil for energy, has led to conflict.
  • Be aware of the contrasting concepts of ‘water wars’ and ‘water peace’ over access to and management of water resources.
  • Understand how appropriately negotiated property rights and institutional arrangements are important for water peace.
  • Understand how conflict can lead to increased environmental vulnerability of civilian populations and mass mortality through famine and disease.
  • Be introduced to Amartya Sen and the concept of development as freedom.
  • Be introduced to contrasting theories on international regimes.
  • Understand the impact of conflict on environmental management in north Lebanon.
  • Appreciate the role of trust relationships and the effect of ‘wasta’ on post-conflict environmental management.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

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

Who Will You Learn With?

  • Jon Lovett- Chair in Global Challenges in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds and works on institutional economics


  • Importance of Course: At the end of the course you will understand the impact of war and conflict on both people and the environment.
  • Importance of Certificate: By the Certificate of Achievement you will be able to prove your success when applying for jobs or courses. You can display it on your LinkedIn or CV.

Detailed Information

For more information about the course, you may visit the Website.

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