• Offered by State, Society & Governance in Melanesia
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Pacific Studies
  • Areas of interest Non Language Asian Studies
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Margaret Keen
    • Dr Siobhan McDonnell
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2017
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What are the major environmental and social issues around resource extraction projects in Melanesia? 

Do countries in the Pacific that are rich in natural resources experience a resource curse?

What were the Solomon Islands tensions about? 

Why have Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu both experienced recent land grabs?

 

Learn directly from some of ANU’s Pacific experts and learn the answers to these questions.

 

The course examines the contemporary relationships between environment, development and conflict in the cultural area known as “Melanesia”, with a particular focus on the independent nations of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Teaching and learning are organised around three case applied studies in which groups of students take the lead in directing the enquiry. The broad topics of the case studies are land and development, conflict, and Australia’s ongoing engagements with the Pacific. The course engages the disciplinary lenses of geography, anthropology and to a lesser extent, political science. 

Learning Outcomes

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

On satisfying the requirements of the course students will be able to:

Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity and complexity of perspectives on key resource management, development, and peace and conflict issues in Melanesia;

Describe and critique a number of different perspectives on these issues;


Articulate their own positions within scholarly and policy debates, and critically reflect on how their thinking has changed and evolved;

Apply some of the tools and methodological approaches of geography and anthropology.

Indicative Assessment

Participation - 10%
Reflective Writing Pieces (5 x 700 words) - 40%
Case Study Group Project - 30%
Case Study Position Statements (2 x 1000 words) - 20%

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Workload

Three contact hours per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed 36 units of university courses.

Majors

Minors

Fees

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:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $3216
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2017 $4590
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4478 20 Feb 2017 27 Feb 2017 31 Mar 2017 26 May 2017 In Person N/A

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