- Code ENVS6205
- Unit Value 6 to 12 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Human Ecology, Development Studies, Pacific Studies, Sustainable Development
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 1984 Barbados Programme of Action for Small Island Developing States and in the 2014 SAMOA Pathway. These meetings recognised that Small Island Developing States (SIDS) have 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.
The particular challenges faced by a Fiji as a SIDS will be explored in this course. The field trip aims to give students a first-hand experience of the real-world circumstances that confront an island nation by exploring important sectoral themes in the context of sustainable development.
The course will investigate the interactions between economic development and the sustainable management of key sectors including fisheries, agriculture, water catchment management, tourism, waste management, cultural heritage management and marine and coastal biodiversity. Within each theme students will consider factors relevant to island nations, including climate change, natural disasters, water availability, gender, cultural identity, population and race relations, governance and globalization.
The course will be undertaken in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific’s Pacific Centre for Sustainable Development PACE-SD.
This course is co-taught with undergraduate students but assessed separately.
Upon successful completion, 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
- Demonstrate enhanced skills to interact with people from another country in a culturally sensitive manner
- Gain practical experience in using interdisciplinary approaches to resolving sustainable development issues in an island context
- Effectively present and discuss complex ideas, and to: listen, assess and respond to ideas of others
- Demonstrate an advanced ability to undertake analysis of issues related to island sustainable development and to present these in a coherent manner
- This intensive course will next be delivered in-country in the Winter Session (July 2022) subject to the lifting of current COVID-19 travel restrictions. Enrolment is limited and merit based. Students must register an expression of interest to enrol via the following website by 28 February 2022.
- 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: (null) [LO null]
- Pre-trip preparatory exam (10) [LO 1]
- Learning and photographic journal (~3300 words) (30) [LO 1,3,4,5]
- Group project communication paper (2000 words) with oral presentation at end of Field School (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Policy paper (3000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,5]
- Students taking the 12 unit version will complete the following assessment: (null) [LO null]
- Pre-trip preparatory exam (10) [LO 1]
- Learning and photographic journal (~3300 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Group project story map (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Analytical research paper (4000 words) (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
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Two 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 to and from Fiji) plus additional personal study.
To be determined
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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