- Code ENVS6205
- Unit Value 6 to 12 units
Intensive course including an in-country field based experience in early July. Enrolment is limited. See "Other Information" for details.
Small island states face considerable challenges as they attempt to achieve sustainable development. Particular challenges for these nations were recognised in the Barbados Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States, including a narrow range of resources, which forces undue specialization; excessive dependence on international trade and hence vulnerability to global developments; relatively small watersheds and threatened supplies of fresh water; costly public administration and infrastructure, including transportation and communication; and limited institutional capacities and domestic markets, which are too small to provide significant scale economies. This course gives students first-hand experience of the real-world circumstances that confront an island nation by exploring five important sectoral themes in the context of sustainable development: fisheries, agriculture, energy, tourism and biodiversity. Within each theme students consider factors relevant to island nations, including climate change, natural disasters, water availability, gender, population and race relations, governance and globalization.
In association with localised in-country studies, students will explore sustainable development policies in a broader context including the Barbados Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States, the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Convention on Biological Diversity, and the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development - 2012 (Rio +20).
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On completion of the course students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Demonstrate advanced understanding of the complex social, environmental and cultural challenges that confront an island nation, like Fiji.
and apply interdisciplinary approaches to resolving sustainable development
issues in an island context.
present and discuss complex ideas about island sustainable development, and to
actively listen, critically assess and constructively respond to ideas of
participate in, and lead group learning processes and activities in the context
of island sustainable development.
- Explain and critically evaluate the strengths and limitations of sustainable development objectives in an island context.
Other InformationThis is an intensive course offered on an annual basis including an in country field based experience in early July. Enrolment is limited and merit based so you will need to apply to Dr Sara Beavis (Sara.Beavis@anu.edu.au) by 4 March 2019.
There are additional field trip fees of approximately $1100 applicable to participation in this course (payment to ANU Science Shop). Students will also need to cover the costs of their own airfares as well as some meals.
Students taking the 6 unit version will complete the following assessment:
1. Pre-trip preparatory research paper (500 words) 10% [LO 1,2,4]
2. Group project during Field School (2000 words) 40% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
3. Seminar presentation at conclusion of Field School 10% [LO 3,4]
4. Policy paper (2000 words) 40% [LO 1,2,3,5]
Students taking the 12 unit version will complete the following assessment:
1. Pre-trip preparatory research paper (500 words), and presentation to class in country at start of Field School 10% [LO 1,2,4]
2. Group project during Field School (3000 words) 40% [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
3. Seminar presentation at conclusion of Field School 10% [LO 3,4]
4. Policy paper (3000 words) and reflective blog (1000 words) 40% [LO 1,2,3,5]
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days of seminars and preparatory work on aspects of island sustainable
development, at the ANU on a weekend in April. Ten day Field School in Fiji
(early-mid July) (excluding travel two and from Fiji) plus additional personal
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Department of Economic and Social Affairs (2010) Trends in Sustainable Development: Small Island Developing States (SIDS), 46 pp. http://www.sidsnet.org/sites/default/files/resources/trends_in_sustainable_development_sids.pdf.
Prasad, BC and Tisdell, CA (2006) Institutions, Economic Performance and Sustainable Development: A Case Study of the Fiji Islands, Nova Science Pub., 278 pp. (extracts to be provided).
Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (2012) Fiji Country Report, in: Pacific Regional MDGs Tracking Report, p 49-60, 212. http://www.forumsec.org/resources/uploads/attachments/documents/MDG%20Track%20Rpt%20web%2020122.pdf.
Read, R (2006) Sustainable natural resource use and economic development in small states: the tuna fisheries in Fiji and Samoa, Sustainable Development, 14:2, 93-103.
Veitayaki, J (2006) Caring for the Environment and the Mitigation of Natural Extreme Events in Gau, Fiji Islands: A Self-help Community Initiative, Island Studies Journal, 1:2, 239-252
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