• Offered by ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Archaeology
  • Areas of interest Archaeology, Art History, Asia Pacific Studies, Climate, Environmental Science
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Simon Haberle
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
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This intensive course will involve 4 weeks of in-country traveling and study at the University of Tokyo and the Mt Fuji region of Japan followed by equivalent time at the ANU and the Kioloa Coastal Campus facility. The course asks the fundamental questions, "How do we explain the remarkably abrupt changes that sometimes occur in nature and society?" and "What can knowledge of the past tell us about our future?". Much of what we know of the deeper past comes from natural archives of changing cultural landscapes and environment. In Australia and the Asia-Pacific region there is a rich body of evidence for past changes in culture, climate, landscape and biodiversity that is only just beginning to be explored. The evidence for critical transitions that have occurred in nature and society will be discussed and students will see first-hand examples of how environmental change has influenced past and present societies and cultures. The course combines in-class learning, museum visits and fieldtrips to Mt Fuji and the ANU's coastal campus (Kioloa Coastal Campus). The course will provide students with a deeper understanding and the practical skills to engage in current issues that span the sciences and humanities.

Funding is available through the New Colombo Plan program and students are encouraged to apply through he ANU Exchange Program website. Timetables, funding application details and important contact information can be found at this website. (https://anu-au-sa.terradotta.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10971).The funding only applies in 2016. 

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

LO 1. Describe the role that natural processes and human impacts may have on landscapes in the past and understand how the evidence is obtained.

LO 2. Reflect on the natural and human influences that explain past cultural and environmental conditions and be able to communicate these to a general audience.

LO 3. Evaluate how differing perceptions of natural and cultural landscapes have influenced societies through time.

LO4. Learn to communicate ideas about environmental change effectively in two contrasting cultures.

Other Information

Funding and application details can be found at the ANU Global Programs website here.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on activities and work produced throughout course. The following assessment will occur in Japan and Australia for the two parts of this course

* Workbook for reflective writing (LO 1,2,3).

* Four Quizes (LO 1,2,3).
* Workbook for reflective writing (LO 1,2,3).
* Research presentation on selected key topic chosen during the course delivered on Day 20 (LO 1,2,3,4)
* 2 x Essay (2000 words each) based on a key topic chosen during the lectures and field visits delivered on Day 10 and 20 (LO 1,2,3)

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Students will be expected to have the following workload in Japan and Australia.
The course will involve a 2hr preparatory lecture followed by 1 week of field work with 5 lectures and field visits as in-country intensive learning (4 hours per day).  Students also will have workload of reading and writing assignments, estimated at 8-10 hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended Textbooks:
1) Head, L. (2000) Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change. Oxford University Press, London.
2) Scheffer, M. (2009) Critical Transitions in Nature and Society. Princeton University Press, New Jersey.

Preliminary Reading

Available online

Assumed Knowledge

Ability to travel to Australia for intensive course and participate in fieldwork activities.


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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
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.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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Summer Session

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
1787 07 Jan 2016 15 Jan 2016 15 Jan 2016 08 Feb 2016 In Person N/A

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