- Code EMDV8009
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Environmental Management & Development
- Areas of interest Environmental Studies
- Academic career PGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Offered in See Future Offerings
Conflicts over access to, and control of, resources have been a constant in human history. Rational policies to manage increasingly scarce resources often result in seemingly irrational reactions, many of which are rooted in specific cultural values and misunderstandings as much as varying stakeholder aims and objectives. This course combines conflict and conflict resolution theory with Asia Pacific region and resource specific case studies as they evolve over time to provide a broad-based toolkit for analysing the causes of resource conflicts and seeking feasible and enduring solutions. For the purposes of this course, the Asia Pacific region is designated to stretch west to east from Afghanistan to Easter Island/Rapanui, and north to south from the Pacific coast of Russia to Antarctica. Emphasis is placed on the fluidity of circumstances and changing mindsets over time. The course examines three sets of environmental issues: minority rights within states that usually involve extractive industries and underlying tensions between diverse ethnic and cultural groups; inter-state conflicts over resources that span multiple sovereign jurisdictions, or are in international waters beyond state jurisdiction: and, common issues over pending resource scarcity due to population pressure or the effects of climate change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- understand theories explaining environmental conflict, and their application to a variety of case studies;
- understand the diverse agendas of multiple stakeholders in resource disputes, and the fluidity of conflict situations;
- devise sustainable resolutions to conflicts that take account of diverse agendas and changing circumstances; and
- clearly articulate their analysis of the causes and solutions to environmental conflicts.
seminar paper (25%); essay (40%); exam (35%)
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4 contact hours and about 6 hours reading and writing per week
Journal articles and books
Otomar Bartos & Paul Wehr, Using Conflict Theory; Moshe Rapaport (ed.), The Pacific Islands: Environment and Society; Victor King (ed.), Environmental Challenges in South-East Asia.
A full electronic bibliography will be available 2 months before the semester commences.
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