In this course, students will have the opportunity to experience at first hand issues around Environment, Development, Mobility, Migration and Social Change in urban and rural Vietnam. The course is based in Danang, Hoi An and in the countryside of Quang Nam province in Central Vietnam. Our time in Vietnam is spent partly in the classroom learning about qualitative and basic quantitative research methodologies, but mostly we are out on the street and in the rice paddies doing hands on research. In addition to language tuition and lectures from ANU staff, local academics, government officials and NGO staff, students will undertake independent individual and group research projects on a theme of their choice with staff guidance and interpreting help. One of the key aims of the course is to introduce students to qualitative social science field research methodologies in a very practical way.
Students will only be permitted to travel upon completion of ANU required documentation, including, where required, the travel to a high risk destination form and the approval of all documentation by the relevant delegate.
Disclaimer: Applicants are advised that due to circumstances beyond the University's control (for example, specific international security concerns and international health crises) it may not be possible for students to commence or complete this course as advertised
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Conduct research and self-learning of advanced qualitative and basic to intermediate quantitative social science research methodologies;
- Conduct research and self-learning around issues of culture, society, development and environment in Vietnam, Asia and the developing world more generally;
- Design a small scale qualitative and/or quantitative team research project and implement it in a developing nation context;
- Critically reflect on issues of cross-cultural communication, knowledge and subjectivity when working with local project staff, research collaborators and other interlocutors;
- Manage the difficulties and potentials of working closely with a team to design and implement a social scientific research project in an unfamiliar and challenging setting;
- Critically assess claims, values and meanings around "development," "participation" and "sustainability" when evaluating government, NGO and independent development initiatives in context.
Indicative AssessmentIndividual reading and course content quizzes 15% [LOs 1, 2]
Team reading and course content quizzes 15% [LOs 1, 2, 5]
20 minute presentation on team fieldwork training activity 15% [LOs 3, 4, 5, 6]
20 minute presentation on final team fieldwork activity 15% [LOs 3, 4, 5, 6]
2000 word team-authored report on final team fieldwork activity 15% [LOs 3, 4, 5, 6]
3000 word in-depth individual report on final fieldwork activity 10% [LOs 1, 2, 5, 6]
Peer evaluation of contribution to teamwork 15% [LO 5]
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WorkloadOffered as intensive three and a half week teaching and fieldwork course in the Summer session. One weekend of pre-departure training at ANU followed by three weeks in a research location in Southeast Asia working in cooperation with local universities and supervised by ANU and local university staff. Enrolment will be limited, and selection will be based on evaluation of marks to date and specific research interest in Vietnam.
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You will need to contact the School of Archaeology and Anthropology to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Preliminary ReadingBill Hayton (2011) Vietnam, Rising Dragon. Yale University Press: New Haven and London.
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