- Code ANTH8044
- Unit Value 12 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Anthropology
- Areas of interest Anthropology
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Siobhan McDonnell
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2021
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This course is available for in-person and remote (online) learning.
Through critical social inquiry this course examines the triangular relationship between the holders of (or claimants to) customary land rights, the agents that target their resources for extraction or conservation, and the various agencies and organisations involved in resource governance. The course uses case studies from different parts of the Asia-Pacific region (including Australia) to examine four major themes in resource negotiations with the holders of customary land rights: the relationships and roles of different actors, the institutional contexts in which they negotiate, the distribution of knowledge, and the distribution of power.
The advanced version of the course includes a research-based case study of the student's choosing which is peer reviewed by other students (as well as the lecturer) prior to completion.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and compare the social and political context for interaction between local landowners, civil society, state and private sector actors in selected countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
- Explain the significance of and parameters for equitable and informed negotiation over resource issues between these groups.
- At a case-specific level, carry out in-depth research and detailed analysis on the critical social factors and issues affecting relationships between these groups of actors, and evaluate current processes.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of effective and collaborative negotiation processes between these groups of actors.
This course is provided through flexible delivery to both on campus and off campus students. Off-campus students will be required to participate in online discussions.
- Case study proposal and preparation (15%): the proposal (500 words; 5%) presents background and major issues/themes to be examined in the case study project and a reference list. Each student will also peer review 2 proposals (2 x 150 words; 5%). Following peer review, a further post (500 words; 5%) will be made that outlines changes to the original proposal, based on feedback received. (15) [LO 1,2,3]
- Learning Portfolio with four tasks related to an online role-play about resource negotiations between local landowners, state, private, and civil society actors (50%). (a.) Group statement (500 words; 10%) [LO 1,4] demonstrates each group’s analysis and understanding of its role and interests in the form of a statement that introduces it to other groups. (b.) Individual contribution to group negotiations (ongoing over 7 weeks; 20%) [LO 4]: online evidence of student contribution to their group through research, strategy development and negotiation with other groups. (c.) Contribution to online debrief about the role play (3 x 100-200 word posts, 10%) [LO 2,4), in responding to debrief questions and posts by other students. (d.) Reflection paper (1000 words, 10%) [LO 1,2,4), which examines the role play process and outcomes in light of concepts and literature covered in the course. (50) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Case study (5,500 words; 35%) analyses the relationships and negotiations between local landowners and other actors over natural resources in a specific national and local context, in order to draw wider lessons and implications for community engagement in the use and management of natural resources. The case study will particularly focus on the themes of ‘power’, ‘knowledge’, ‘community’ and ‘institutions’ covered in the course. (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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