- Class Number 1363
- Term Code 3020
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 to 12 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Edwina Fingleton-Smith
- Prof Saul Cunningham
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 02/01/2020
- Class End Date 13/04/2020
- Census Date 24/01/2020
- Last Date to Enrol 24/01/2020
- Matthew Lord
The course introduces students to contemporary Southeast Asia by focusing on case studies from southern Vietnam. The emphasis is on integrating formal learning with first-hand research experience. The in-country work will include fieldtrips, homestays, language training, as well as formal classes given by staff from ANU and from An Giang University (Mekong Delta).
The course focuses on experiencing and understanding the complex relationships between development and the environment as seen through every day living. Students will have the opportunity to conduct group and individual research project on issues such as the changing nature of rural lives, the relationship between the modern and traditional cultural practices, rural-urban migration, concepts of human well-being, and the social and environmental impacts of tourism. The focus is on the impact of rapid change on the environment, culture, family structure and on specific groups such as villagers, migrants, farmers and women.
Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate proficiency in qualitative and quantitative research methodologies.
- Reflect deeply on, and display sophisticated analysis of, the impact of rapid change on culture, environment and local economies
- Conduct effective and meaningful rapid research in a team environment
- Communicate your findings and experience of the field research process in an engaging and informative manner to a variety of audiences
- Demonstrate basic level Vietnamese language skills
The course provides students experiential learning opportunities to conduct qualitative and quantitative research in sustainability science. The course also involves field trips and
lectures on current sustainability science research in the Mekong Delta, including research being conducted by the Fenner School of Environment and Society in collaboration with
An Giang University.
Additional Course Costs
$2000 payment to ANU Science Shopfront plus airfares and personal expenses. Some students will be eligible for financial support from the New Colombo Plan.
Examination Material or equipment
In-class quizzes only.
Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
Immediate individual and team feedback on quizzes (some done via Wattle). Lots of oral feedback from the Convenor during numerous group discussions/workshops. Detailed
written feedback on learning diaries and research report (12 unit option). Oral and written feedback on 12 unit oral presentation.
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Week 1 Meet in Cam Thanh District next to Hoi An Ancient town Ho Chi Minh City, Workshops on qualitative research methodologies then getting out into the field to practice new skills. Conduct group research on sustainability topics and environmental issues occurring in Hoi An. Present back to the class and local staff.|
|2||Week 2 Travel to Long Xuyen, An Giang Province. Explore, research and learn from lectures on different types of agriculture. Attend homestays with local university student partners. Design and conduct independent primary research projects on the sustainability issue of your groups choice. Present final research projects to An Giang University.|
|3||Week 3 Travel to Cat Tien National Park to experience conservation successes and challenges in Vietnam. And see some sun bears! Submit reflective journal on the last evening.|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Literature Review - Ethics of Fieldwork||10 %||03/01/2020||15/02/2020||1|
|Quizzes based on required reading material||2 %||03/01/2020||03/01/2020||1,2|
|Photo and description||2 %||11/01/2020||20/01/2020||1,2,4|
|Survival Vietnamese quiz||5 %||14/01/2020||14/01/2020||5|
|Reflective learning journal or portfolio||15 %||18/01/2020||15/02/2020||2,4|
|Group research project(s)||15 %||23/01/2020||15/02/2020||1,2,3,4|
|Independent Research Project||50 %||06/04/2020||30/05/2020||1,2,3,4,5|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of Assessment
Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Participation in all field trips in Vietnam is mandatory. Early departure from Vietnam for personal reasons (e.g. family emergency) requires approval by the Convenor and
alternative learning tasks and assessments will be negotiated on an individual basis.
No formal exam.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1
Literature Review - Ethics of Fieldwork
Students will conduct a 1500 word literature review on approaches to research ethics in the field. This is due at the start of the course. The content may focus on research conducted in any geographic location, and may frame field work in a variety of different ways such as ethnography, anthropology etc but must focus on the ethics of conducting qualitative research.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1,2
Quizzes based on required reading material
There will be 2 multiple choice quizzes during the first week based on ethnographic field methodology and a third quiz during the second week based on readings related to sustainability in the Mekong. Your mark will be an average of the three quiz marks.
The date range for these tasks indicates the due date for the first quiz . Check the course Wattle site for more details. There are 3 quizzes due.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4
Photo and description
Submit a photo that you have taken on your trip of in Vietnam and provide 250 words explaining why or how it captures something relating to the themes of the course, the process of doing research, or your experience of being in Vietnam and/or on the field school. There is no expectation that you will all morph into professional photographers, but I do expect that you will all submit meaningful images. I will also accept video footage, audio footage, or a short series of photos.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 5
Survival Vietnamese quiz
This will occur while we are staying in Long Xuyen City, An Giang Provence (Mekong).
You will be assessed by an ANU and an An Giang University staff member on your capacity to
adequately pronounce in Vietnamese the following (mark out of 10 points):
• Count from 1-10 (1 point)
• Name 4 common Vietnamese food dishes (1 point)
• Good bye or see you later (1 point)
• Thank you (1 point)
• Where is the toilet? (1 point)
• My name is….. (1 point)
• No plastic bag please (1 point)
• In this cup please (1 points)
• I have a straw (1 point)
• 1 point for additional words or expressions of your choice relevant to a sustainability issue (1 point)
During this quiz students will be provided the above list in English.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 2,4
Reflective learning journal or portfolio
A journal providing reflections on what you saw, heard and learned. 3000 words maximum, not including captions for any figures/photos due the final night of the course.
Consider these questions (among others):
- What surprised you?
- What did you find disturbing?
- What did you learn about human development and well-being?
- What did you learn about yourself and your own culture/society?
- How do you think this course might influence what you study during the rest of your time at ANU or elsewhere?
Feel free to include photos, sketches, or poems or… – be creative. This is NOT a diary of what you did and saw each day, but I suggest you keep a diary and use it to help inform and develop your key learnings. Your journal should be structured around themes, not days or activities. Your learning portfolio can include a photo essay, or video, or?? But it MUST include a written commentary.
Word limit: 3000 words plus optional references
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
Group research project(s)
1) You will be assigned to a group of students to conduct a ‘trial’ research project during the first week of training in Hoi An. Groups will have access to a translator for part of the time. Edwina, Saul and Matt will provide feedback on your group’s research project oral presentation to your peers and local staff. This is mandatory BUT you will NOT be formally assessed on this training activity.
2) For the My Hoa Hung Island in An Giang session, you will chose your own groups based on topics of interest. The challenge is to come up with a new research topic and question. Then develop a research plan on how each group member will contribute. Each group will have a maximum of 20 mins to present, plus question time. Each presentation should include: your question, why it’s important and what you found. You will be presenting your research to student hosts and staff of An Giang University.
A computer projector will be available for both presentations. Formal assessment of your group’s presentation will be conducted by Edwina Fingleton-Smith, and Matt Lord.
Presentation requirements: 20 minute presentation plus time for questions/comments
Assessment Task 7
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5
Independent Research Project
Independent Research presentation and written report
a) Oral report Due: week of the 18th of March 2020 (required but not formally assessed)
Your 10-15 minute presentation should outline your research report. It should include:
- Research question
- Preliminary findings/results
- Preliminary implications
Your presentation is a chance to provide you with rapid feedback on your research project to date. The more advanced you are at this date, the more meaningful feedback you will receive.
b) Written Report Due: 5pm 6th of April 2020
Your independent research report allows you to more deeply explore an experience, conversation, or site you saw in Vietnam. For example, start with a photo you took. What’s the significance? What’s going on? How does this photo link to global issues of sustainability? You simply don’t have time in Vietnam to dig into the research literature on a topic and question of interest so this is your opportunity. The report should clearly state your research question and explain the context and importance of your question. It should describe how you went about conducting your research (methods), what you found (results) and the significance of your results (discussion). Your results can be ‘simple’ – some observations, a few photos, some quotes from interviews, etc.
The challenge, and learning opportunity, is to discover the significance of what you saw or heard or counted. Please also reflect on how your research questions and methods changed/developed as you went along. I expect you to use quality (peer-reviewed) literature references, as well as other relevant sources if they prove useful.
Your research does not have to but can be comparative. You could compare/contrast what you found in Vietnam to situations/realities of your ‘home’ culture-environment-society. Please feel free to discuss the development/evolution of your research with Edwina and Saul in Vietnam and after. Word limit: 6000 words plus references
• Clarity and correct use of English including references
• Clear and concise research question
• Importance or significance of your question well explained/justified
• Results – what you found from the literature and from field research in both Vietnam and your home country
• Discussion – the implications of your field school – why it matters to you and society at large
Estimated return date: 30 May 2020
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Prof Saul Cunningham