- Code ANTH8014
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology, Development Studies, Indigenous Australian Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery Online
This courses examines the social, political and economic relationships between local communities (including indigenous communities) and other stakeholders involved in the development of large-scale mining projects. Particular attention will be paid to the distribution of power, costs, benefits, rights and responsibilities between mining companies, government agencies and local communities under different legal and political regimes. The role of social scientists in the negotiation of relationships between indigenous communities and mining companies will also be considered. The first part of the course will deal with the national and international policy regimes through which the relationships between local communities and other stakeholders are regulated in the mining sector. The remainder of the course will look at specific social, political, economic and environmental issues arising from the engagement of local communities with the minerals industry in different jurisdictions. Consideration of each issue will be based on case study material primarily drawn from the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Students who satisfy the requirements of this course will have the knowledge and skills in relation to local community involvement in the mining industry to:
1. Understand and compare the social and political context of relationships between local communities and large-scale mining projects in different countries.
2. Explain and evaluate the ways that social, cultural, political and economic parameters affect negotiations over the development of specific mining projects in specific geographical locations.
3. Contribute to the design of institutions to improve the efficiency, equity and transparency of local-level negotiations over the development of major resource projects in different social and political contexts.
Indicative AssessmentFirst essay (2000 words, 20%, Learning outcomes 1 and 2) that compares the social and political context of relationships between local communities and large-scale mining projects in two different countries.
Case study (3000 words, 50%, Learning outcomes 2 and 3) of the history of social, political and economic interaction between the developers and regulators of one major resource project and local communities affected by that project, with recommendations on how these relationships could be improved.
On-campus or online role play (over 4-5 weeks, 20%, Learning outcomes 1 and 2) dealing with a topic issue in the relationship between local communities and other stakeholders in the mining sector.
Summary: written tasks totalling 5000 words (80%) and participation in on-campus or online discussions (20%)
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