The Centre for Biodiversity Information Development (BID-C) at the School of Tourism and Hospitality offers a field studies programme, a research-based field studies programme in Kenya’s diverse conservation areas. This field course is developed to advance students knowledge and understanding of conservation practice including wildlife behaviour and ecology, wildlife management in the wild, land use change and habitat quality, wildlife adaptation and social behaviour, human interactions with wildlife, conservation and livelihoods, socio-economic, legal implications of conflicts at conservation areas, business of conservation, conservation entrepreneurship and survival skills in the field among other elements. The course is developed for students who have a special interest in experiencing conservation in action, wildlife behaviour and human-wildlife interactions in the natural environment. It targets students who are keen to engage in experiential learning and teamwork and research-based approach in an active multi-cultural field setting. The field sites for this course are carefully selected among Kenyans key tourism hotspots including Masai Mara, Amboseli, Tsavo East and West, the Kenya’s Coastal and Nothern regions, Mt. Kenya and select community conservancies.
Interactive learning approches in cluding roup discussion and research work, field observation and engagement with the indigenous community in conservation areas, field drives and tours, problem identification in groups on conservation, problem-solving through short term field research projects, interaction with indigenous groups and peers from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines, project write up and presentation. This is a field-based program that emphasizes direct and onsite hands-on activities and engagement in teams and with rural communities.
Intended Learning Outcomes
- To examine wildlife conservation approaches, successes and challenges in wilderness areas in Kenya
- To experience wildlife tourism and culture of indigenous communities
- To comprehend the linkages and departures between wildlife conservation and community livelihoods.
- To experience research-based learning through field activities
- To learn in a multicultural and multi-disciplinary environment through engagement with peers and facilitators from different cultural backgrounds.
This field course is designed for:
- Registered Strathmore University Students (ALL programmes)
- Overseas students registered in their mother universities and are keen to explore a multidisciplinary and a multi-cultural field studies in Kenya.
The course will be offered twice a year:
Module A: March-April
Module B: June-July
Course duration: 3 weeks
Minimum contact hours: 90 hrs
Dr. David Chiawo (Facilitator and course coordinator-Senior Lecturer, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Strathmore University, Kenya
Dr. Sharon Kahara (Facilitator)-Lecturer and Research Associate, University of New Haven, California, USA.
Mr. George Njagi (Facilitator), Research Fellow, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Strathmore University, Kenya
Ms. Veronica Muniu (Programme manager), School manager, School of Tourism and Hospitality, Strathmore University, Kenya