A Film Analysis and Role-Play Case
Department of Wildlife Technology
Penn State DuBois
In this interrupted case study, students view a documentary film about a coyote hunting contest and then assume the role of various stakeholders in coyote management in the western United States to explore issues associated with wildlife management. As part of this, students complete a number of associated activities in which they are asked to reflect upon their ethical perspective regarding wildlife management. The case would be appropriate for use in a wildlife management, ecology, mid-level biology, or environmental ethics course.
- Be able to state an ethical perspective regarding wildlife and wildlife management verbally and in writing.
- Be able to write a cohesive position statement in a group, even though the position may be contrary to one’s personal feelings.
- Be able to critically evaluate a source (in this case a film).
- Have an increased awareness of current controversial issues and practices in wildlife management and be able to evaluate the cultural and scientific validity of those practices.
KeywordsCoyotes; contest hunting; hunting competition; predator control; animal rights; western United States; Arizona Game and Fish Commission
Educational LevelHigh school, Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division
Subject HeadingsEcology | Environmental Science | Wildlife Management | Journalism |
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