• Code ENVS2017
  • Unit Value 6 to 12 units
  • Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
  • ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
  • Course subject Environmental Science
  • Areas of interest Geography, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Development Studies More...
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr David Freudenberger
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2016
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Offered in 2016. Enrolment is limited and merit based so you will need to apply to Dr David Freudenberger 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.

To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards a degree.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Pre-trip learning goal statement that will be placed on the course webpage as a resource for fellow students (5%)
  2. Active and effective course presentation (5%)
  3. Small group project to be presented at the end of the field course (30%)
  4. Reflective learning portfolio due two weeks after the field-course finishes (60%)
As well as the above-mentioned assessments, students enrolled in the 12 unit option must complete an independent research project (3000-5000 words) that includes a seminar presenting preliminary findings at the end of the field trip in Vietnam. The research report is due by the end of February.

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Arrive Da Nang by the evening of Tuesday 5 January 2016. Depart Ho Chi Minh City by 25 January 2016. Plus two days of pre-trip seminars during November or early December 2015.  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 ENVS6017.

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
  • Resource Management and Environmental Science
  • Anthropology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Environmental Studies
  • Policy Studies





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 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
2016 $546 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $728 per unit
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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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
1608 05 Jan 2016 04 Jan 2016 29 Jan 2016 18 Apr 2016 In Person N/A
1742 05 Jan 2016 04 Jan 2016 29 Jan 2016 18 Apr 2016 In Person N/A

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