• Offered by Resource Management in Asia Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Anthropology
  • Areas of interest Anthropology
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Sanghamitra Mahanty
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2015
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Through critical social inquiry this course examines the triangular relationship between indigenous peoples or communities, the agents that target their resources for extraction or conservation, and the various agencies and organisations involved in resource governance. After examining some foundational concepts in the first three weeks, the course uses a series of case studies to examine four major themes in resource negotiations with indigenous peoples: the relationships and roles of different actors, institutional contexts, knowledge and power. These themes are examined in a variety of national settings across the Asia-Pacific region (including Australia) in order to compare and contrast indigenous resource negotiations in these different jurisdictions.

The course involves in-depth exploration of the issues and relationships involved in environmental management with indigenous peoples. A major component is a research-based case study of the student's choosing, supervised and peer reviewed during the course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding and compare the social and political
context for interaction between indigenous, civil society, state and private sector actors in selected countries of the Asia-Pacific.
2. Explain the significance of and parameters for equitable and informed negotiation over resource issues between these groups.
3. At a case-specific level, understand how to design and undertake detailed analysis of the critical social factors and issues affecting resource negotiations in indigenous environments.
4. Design and contribute to the implementation of effective and collaborative negotiation processes between indigenous and other actors.

Other Information

Delivery Mode:

Semester 1

This course is provided through flexible delivery to both on campus and off campus students. Off-campus students will be required to participate in online discussions.  

Indicative Assessment

Case study proposal  and preparation (15%); Learning Portfolio (50%); Case study (35%)

1.       Case study proposal and preparation (15%; Learning outcomes 1,2 & 3): the proposal (500 words; 5%) presents background and  major issues/themes  to be examined in the case study project and a reference list. Each student will also peer review 2 proposals (2 x 150 words; 5%). Following peer review, a further post (500 words; 5%) will be made that outlines changes to the original proposal, based on feedback received.

2.       Learning Portfolio with four tasks related to an online role-play about resource negotiations between indigenous, state, private, and civil society actors (50%; Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4)

a.     Group statement (500 words; 10%; Learning outcome 1 & 4) demonstrates each group’s analysis and understanding of its role and interests in the form of a statement that introduces it to other groups.

b.     Individual contribution to group negotiations (ongoing over 7 weeks; 20%; Learning outcome 4): online evidence of student contribution to their group through research, strategy development and negotiation with other groups.

c.     Contribution to online debrief about the role play (3 x 100-200 word posts, 10%; Learning outcomes 2 & 4), in responding to debrief questions and posts by other students.

d.     Reflection paper (1000 words, 10%; Learning outcomes 1, 2 & 4), which examines the role play process and outcomes in light of concepts and literature covered in the course.

3.       Case study (5,500 words; 35%; Learning outcomes 1, 2, 3 & 4) analyses the relationships and negotiations between indigenous and other actors over natural resources in a specific national and local context, in order to draw wider lessons and implications for indigenous engagement in the use and management of natural resources. The case study will particularly focus on the themes of ‘power’, ‘knowledge’, ‘community’ and ‘institutions’ covered in the course.

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230 hours (inclusive of class contact).

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed ANTH8047.

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12 units

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2015 $5208
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2015 $8292
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
2161 16 Feb 2015 06 Mar 2015 31 Mar 2015 29 May 2015 In Person N/A

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