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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Evaluate the impact of sociological issues on nature conservation objectives 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
257157  Evaluate the impact of sociological issues on nature conservation objectives 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Nature Conservation 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will provide learners with a comprehensive understanding of the sociological issues affecting established operational conservation areas. Achievement this Unit standard will enhance the learner's holistic understanding of a society and the importance of consideration of the relationship between the community and conservation. It wil also enhance working relationships in the attaining of established conservation objectives in the area of operation.

The learner will be able to:
  • Identify and interpret key sociological features in area of operation.
  • Evaluate the impact of the sociological features on the environment.
  • Evaluate the impact of the environment on the social features of the community within the area of operation.
  • Evaluate the impact of integrated sociological principles within area of operation. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify and interpret key sociological features in area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    An overview is given of the most important customs, cultural, traditional and religions practiced by communities within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    An outline is provided of the economic systems that communities have adopted within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Baseline studies are conducted to determine key sociological features within the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Population dynamics; income, facilities and resource availability and usage.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Evaluate the impact of the sociological features on the environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    A description is given of the effect of the sociological features on communities within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The effect of the sociological features on the natural environment is identified within the area of operation as to determine its impact on conservation objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The effect of the sociological features on the economic system existing within the area of operation is assessed as to determine its impact on conservation objectives. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate the impact of the environment on the social features of the community within the area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The impact of the environment on the lifestyle of the inhabitants of the area of operation is assessed in terms of the impact on conservation objectives. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Lifestyle changes that have been forced on communities within the area of operation are identified in terms of its impact on the relationship between the community and conservation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reasons are outlined for the conversion to a cash economy within the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Benefits accruing to both the community and to conservation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate the impact of integrated sociological principles within area of operation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The rationale for a poverty relief strategy to enhance the relationship between role-players are outlined within the area of operation. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Role-players include members of the community as well as the private and public conservation environment.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    A study on the sustainability of the livelihoods of communities within the area of operation are conducted through the incorporation of participatory rural appraisal methods. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The impact of community-based natural resource management initiatives are evaluated within the area of operation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing an individual against this unit standard must meet the assessor requirements of the relevant ETQA. In particular, such assessors must demonstrate that they assess in terms of the scope and context defined in all the range statements.
  • Any institution offering learning towards this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • External moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Social systems, including values and customs, for example, traditional leadership vs. modern structures.
  • The role of historical/ideological influences.
  • The role of the policy framework.
  • The impact of urbanisation vs. rural development Issues.
  • Land use practices, for example, agriculture and pastoral practices.
  • Land tenure issues.
  • Socio economic issues.
  • Relevant Gender issues.
  • Appropriate knowledge pertaining to social psychology.
  • Appropriate techniques pertaining to Social research.
  • Appropriate knowledge pertaining to Modernism.
  • Limitations of Human Development Indices.
  • Relevant aspects of report writing.
  • Relevant aspects of communication. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Information gathering, organisation, analysis and interpretation:

    Baseline studies required by this unit standard depend strongly on the ability of the learner to handle information competently. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use of science and technology:

    Any use of science and technology (such as in implementing conservation measures) has to be done with due regard to the consequences, both to the natural environment and to the communities resident within the area of operation. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    See the world as a set of interrelated systems:

    A clear understanding of the interplay between different role-players involved in conservation environments as it applies to sociological issues in the conservation environment is essential for successfully completing this unit standard. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Personal development:

    This unit standard promotes understanding, tolerance and a broad inclusive perspective on the practices and traditions of indigenous communities. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  63109   Further Education and Training Certificate: Nature Conservation: Natural Resource Guardianship Terrestrial  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CATHSSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
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