What are the major environmental and social issues around resource extraction projects in Melanesia?
Do countries in the Pacific that are rich in natural resources experience a resource curse?
What were the Solomon Islands tensions about?
Why have Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu both experienced recent land grabs?
Learn directly from some of ANU's Pacific experts and learn the answers to these questions.
The course examines the contemporary relationships between environment, development and conflict in the cultural area known as “Melanesia”, with a particular focus on the independent nations of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. Teaching and learning are organised around three case applied studies in which groups of students take the lead in directing the enquiry. The broad topics of the case studies are land and development, conflict, and Australia's ongoing engagements with the Pacific. The course engages the disciplinary lenses of geography, anthropology and to a lesser extent, political science.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity and complexity of perspectives on natural resource exploitation in developing country settings, particularly the Pacific Islands
- Describe and critique key theoretical perspectives on sustainable development and environmental revival and conservation in developing country settings
- Describe and critique key policy approaches to managing and mitigating environmental degradation in Pacific Island contexts
- Apply some of the methodological and conceptual tools of social sciences to the analysis of natural resource conflicts and questions of sustainable development
- Critical Analysis of the Literature (20) [LO 1,2,3]
- Essay plan and annotated bibliography (30) [LO 2,3,4]
- Research Essay (40) [LO 2,3,4]
- Tutorial Discussion of Readings (10) [LO 1,2,3]
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10 hours per week comprising 3 contact hours and 7 hours of private study
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