Program Details

Drawing from lessons learned by urban police forces in combatting crimes such as burglary, robbery and theft, this course teaches you how to collect and analyse data about wildlife crime.
Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Graduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

From the cruel slaughter of critically endangered rhinos for their horns to illegal hunting and the destruction of protected habitats, crimes involving wildlife evoke a visceral emotional response in many of us. But their very nature – indeed, the fact that they are offences in and against nature – poses particular challenges in policing them.

The term “wildlife crime” refers to any illegal activity involving protected species in nature. Poaching is perhaps the best-known form, but this act of killing is in fact just the most prominent of a variety of offences which supply the global demand for wildlife products.

Drawing from lessons learned by urban police forces in combatting crimes such as burglary, robbery and theft, this course teaches you how to collect and analyse data about wildlife crime. It begins with a basic introduction: how this form of criminality is defined, the variety of specific offences which fall under the umbrella term “wildlife crime” and what agencies are responsible for enforcing legislation in this area.

Building upon this foundation, we then explore the difficulties associated with studying wildlife crime – in particular, problems related to data limitations and biases. After that, you go on to learn the basics of crime analysis, situational prevention and problem-oriented policing so that you can link data-driven approaches to actually fighting wildlife crime. Meanwhile, the field trips and project expose you to wildlife in the Netherlands and the practical difficulties associated with protecting vast landscapes.

Setting Description:
With over 180 unique nationalities, Amsterdam is a melting pot of cultures and embraces different cultures, religions, and lifestyles. 165 canals criss-cross the entire city, giving it its nickname ‘Venice of the North.’ The city also features more bikes than inhabitants! With a bustling creative industry, Amsterdam offers plenty of cultural activities and events throughout the year. In Amsterdam you can benefit from the advantages of a big city with enough quiet spots to kick back and relax.
Cost:
1000 EUR. The tuition fee includes: • Airport pick-up service • Welcome goodie bag • Orientation programme • Course excursions • On-site support • Emergency assistance • Transcript of records after completion of the course

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The VU Amsterdam Summer School offers ten scholarships that cover the full tuition and housing fees of one course. Information about how to apply for the scholarship will be posted on the VU Amsterdam Summer School website.

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