• 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
    • Edwina Fingleton-Smith
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in Summer Session 2017
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Next offered in January 2018. Students interested in enrolling will need to apply to edwina.fingleton-smith@anu.edu.au by 15 August, 2017

The course introduces students to contemporary Southeast Asia by focusing on case studies from southern Vietnam. The emphasis is on integrating formal learning with first-hand research experience. The in-country work will include fieldtrips, homestays, language training, as well as formal classes given by staff from ANU and from An Giang University (Mekong Delta).

The course focuses on experiencing and understanding the complex relationships between development and the environment as seen through every day living. Students will have the opportunity to conduct group and individual research project on issues such as the changing nature of rural lives, the relationship between the modern and traditional cultural practices, rural-urban migration, concepts of human well-being, and the social and environmental impacts of tourism. The focus is on the impact of rapid change on the environment, culture, family structure and on specific groups such as villagers, migrants, farmers and women.


Learning Outcomes

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

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competent skills in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
  2. Reflect deeply on the impact of rapid change on culture, environment and local economies
  3. Conduct rapid research in a team environment
  4. Effectively communicate your experience of the field research process.

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.

This course will next be offered in January 2018. Students interested in enrolling in the course for Summer Session 2018 will need to apply to Dr David Freudenberger (david.freudenberger@anu.edu.au) by 15 August 2017.

Indicative Assessment

  • Reading quiz  (LO 1) (10%)
  • Survival language quiz (LOs 1,2) (10%)
  • Reflective learning journal or portfolio due at the completion of the Field School (LO 2) (40%).
  • Group research project presented at the end of the field school (LOs 3,4) (40%)
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. The research report is due by the end of Semester 1 teaching break and is 50% of total marks.

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The Field School will be at least 21 days in Vietnam during January 2017. Entry and exit from the country will likely be Ho Chi Minh City. Students must make their own travel arrangements to and from Vietnam. Note that the running of the course is subject to DFAT Travel Advice. 

Requisite and Incompatibility

You are not able to enrol in this course if you have completed ENVS6017. To enrol in this course you must have completed 24 units towards a degree.

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

Preliminary Reading

In preparation for the field trip, a list of required reading will be available to enrolled students on the Wattle web page by December 2016.

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
2017 $574 per unit
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $765 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
1780 02 Jan 2017 01 Jan 2017 27 Jan 2017 17 Apr 2017 In Person N/A
1781 02 Jan 2017 01 Jan 2017 27 Jan 2017 17 Apr 2017 In Person N/A

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