Courses & Units

Wilderness Management KGA378

Shanghai Ocean University


This interdisciplinary unit is a requirement for Shanghai Ocean University students undertaking the Bachelor of Information Systems. The unit can only be undertaken in Shanghai.


The unit provides practical skills for planning and managing wilderness and protected areas, with emphasis on conservation of natural and cultural values, as well as their use for nature-based tourism. Major themes are conservation management; changing concepts of national parks; conservation and human values; cultural values in natural areas; tourism management and education; management challenges, technical services and ecologically sustainable tourism development. A major component of the unit will be the treatment of nature-based tourism including its biophysical, social and cultural impacts. The unit takes an international perspective but special emphasis is placed on Chinese World Heritage Area and coastal environments. Wilderness and protected areas are little affected by the activities of agricultural, industrial and post-industrial people. These environments may have been influenced by gathering and hunting people, but process and pattern in climate, oceanography, landforms, soils, plants and animals persist largely unchanged. Internationally and nationally agreed strategies, as well as policies and law on ecologically sustainable development, biological diversity, threatened species and communities, place a strong emphasis on the maintenance of values associated with wilderness and protected areas.


Unit name Wilderness Management
Unit code KGA378
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Chia-Chin Lin
Available as student elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Advanced


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Shanghai Ocean University Shanghai Semester 2 On-Campus International


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Shanghai Semester 2 1/3/2021 30/3/2021 18/4/2021 4/6/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of the issues surrounding wilderness and protected areas.
  • Appreciate the range of policy and management responses to wilderness and protected area issues and be familiar with the roles of major environmental management organisations and institutions.
  • Obtain information on wilderness and protected areas from a range of diverse sources including scholarly articles, books and monographs, internet sites and personal experience.
  • Work independently to source, read, summarise, interpret and communicate information about wilderness and protected areas.
  • Develop the ability to sustain an argument in scholarly reports on a problem related to wilderness and protected areas.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
050901 $993.00 $993.00 not applicable $2,783.00

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25 credit points at intermediate level

Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Intensive delivery over 3 weeks.

AssessmentExamination (40%)|Report (40%)|Workshop Assignments (x3) (20%)
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