• Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Management & Development
  • Areas of interest Environmental Studies
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • Dr Keith Barney
    • Dr Sarah Milne
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in Second Semester 2018
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Conflicts over access to, and control of, resources have been a constant in human history. Rational policies to manage increasingly scarce resources often result in seemingly irrational reactions, many of which are rooted in specific cultural values and misunderstandings as much as varying stakeholder aims and objectives. This course combines conflict and conflict resolution theory with Asia Pacific region and resource specific case studies as they evolve over time to provide a broad-based toolkit for analysing the causes of resource conflicts and seeking feasible and enduring solutions. For the purposes of this course, the Asia Pacific region is designated to stretch west to east from Afghanistan to Easter Island/Rapanui, and north to south from the Pacific coast of Russia to Antarctica.  Emphasis is placed on the fluidity of circumstances and changing mindsets over time.  The course examines three sets of environmental issues: minority rights within states that usually involve extractive industries and underlying tensions between diverse ethnic and cultural groups; inter-state conflicts over resources that span multiple sovereign jurisdictions, or are in international waters beyond state jurisdiction: and, common issues over pending resource scarcity due to population pressure or the effects of climate change. 

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • understand theories explaining environmental conflict, and their application to a variety of case studies;
  • understand the diverse agendas of multiple stakeholders in resource disputes, and the fluidity of conflict situations;
  • devise sustainable resolutions to conflicts that take account of diverse agendas and changing circumstances; and
  • clearly articulate their analysis of the causes and solutions to environmental conflicts. 

Indicative Assessment

seminar paper (25%); essay (40%); exam (35%)

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Workload

4 contact hours and about 6 hours reading and writing per week

Prescribed Texts

Journal articles and books

Preliminary Reading

None

Indicative Reading List

Otomar Bartos & Paul Wehr, Using Conflict Theory; Moshe Rapaport (ed.), The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society; Victor King (ed.), Environmental Challenges in South-East Asia.

A full electronic bibliography will be available 2 months before the semester commences.

Specialisations

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
7931 23 Jul 2018 30 Jul 2018 31 Aug 2018 26 Oct 2018 In Person

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