• Code ENVS6017
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Biological Anthropology More...

Offered in 2016. Enrolment is limited and merit based so you will need to apply to David.Freudenberger@anu.edu.au by 15 October 2015.

The course introduces students to contemporary Southeast Asia by focusing on case studies from central Vietnam. The emphasis is on integrating formal learning with first-hand experience. The in-country work will include fieldtrips, a village stay, language training, urban homestay, as well as formal classes given by staff from ANU and from the University of Da Nang. The course focuses on experiencing and understanding the complex relationships between development and the environment. Students will have the opportunity to conduct group and individual research on such issues as the changing nature of rural lives, the relationship between the modern and traditional sectors, rural-urban migration, concepts of human well-being, and the social and environmental impacts of tourism. The focus is on the impact of rapid contemporary change on the environment, culture, family structure and on specific groups such as villagers, migrants, farmers and women.

Cost: The cost of the field trip is $1200 plus airfares and personal spending. The cost of the field trip will be charged directly to students.

For more details based on the 2013 course, see http://fennerschool-people.anu.edu.au/richard_baker/ENVS2017/index.htm

Other Information

Cost: $1200 plus airfares and personal expenses including most meals. The cost of the field trip will be charged directly to students. 

Indicative Assessment

  1. Pre-trip learning goal statement that will be placed on the course webpage as a resource for fellow students(5%)
  2. Group project to be presented at the end of the field course (40%)
  3. Reflective learning portfolio due one week after the field-course finishes (55%)
The portfolio will include responses to questions posed by staff during the trip and analysis of set readings and fieldwork tasks.

As well as the above-mentioned assessments, students enrolled in the 12 unit option will be required to complete a research project before the course starts and give a seminar on this research at the beginning and end of the field trip.

Note the cost of the field trip will be charged directly to students.

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Arrive Da Nang by the evening of Tuesday 4 January 2015. Depart Hoi An (45 minutes south of Da Nang) 26 January 2015.  Plus two days of pre-trip seminars during November or early December 2014.  Note that the running of the course is subject to DFAT Travel Advice. Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from Vietnam.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS2017.

You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Areas of Interest

  • Geography
  • Human Ecology
  • Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Biological Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Human Sciences
  • Policy Studies
  • Population Studies



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 to 12 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.

6.00 0.12500
7.00 0.14583
8.00 0.16667
9.00 0.18750
10.00 0.20833
11.00 0.22917
12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $516 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $691 per unit
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Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1671 04 Jan 2015 03 Jan 2015 09 Jan 2015 26 Jan 2015 In Person N/A

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