- Class Number 4572
- Term Code 3250
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery Online
- Justine Chambers
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 12/07/2022
- Class End Date 13/09/2022
- Census Date 29/07/2022
- Last Date to Enrol 12/07/2022
The course will introduce students to multiple drivers of social conflict against the backdrop of environmental change over the past century in Asia and the Pacific. Such challenges and conflicts emerge out of historical, social, economic, political, religious and cultural movements and debates, often linked to wider global forces. Topics include: the impact of colonialism, the politics of gender, nationalism and the environment, the postcolonial state and its role in conflict and environmental degradation. We also explore how indigenous knowledge and cultural traditions have been enrolled in the service of an ecological ethic and the kind of ideologies and activities have inspired environmental activism.
More generally, the course considers the critical question of how Asian and Pacific societies have redefined their relationship to the environment from the colonial period until the present day. We investigate the relationships between environmental degradation, urbanisation, migration, technological change and public health to reveal the key roles that state and non-state actors play in influencing social conflict and mediation.
The course will be of particular interest to students intending to pursue a career in the Asian and Pacific region. It will also be of interest to those seeking to expand their expertise in a range of practical topics related to governments, non-government organisations, development agencies, education sectors, media, public health directives, gender relations, global trade practices, and climate policy initiatives.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of social conflict and environmental change across Asia and the Pacific.
- Build an intercultural knowledge and skill set necessary to engage successfully and critically in applied projects across a variety of urban, regional and rural settings.
- Understand and apply a range of perspectives to engage with critical issues facing Asia and the Pacific.
- Conduct independent research related to social conflict and environmental challenges, drawing on anthropological, historical and interdisciplinary sources.
- Communicate findings effectively to specialist and/or professional audiences.
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Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||12 July (6-8PM): Live Zoom seminar: Introduction to the Course We will discuss the overall scope and objectives of the course; as well as expectations and assessments (such as seminar presentations). We will discuss keywords and definitions related to the course material. 14, 19, 21, 26, 28 July: These pre-recorded lectures will cover the chief issues driving environmental issues, social conflicts, policy and practice in Asia and the Pacific. Some of the lectures will also be presented by guest speakers who are expert in these fields. Topics will include: Ethnonational Conflict; Land Grabs and Governance; Climate Change; Access to Justice; and more.||First Lecture will be a live Zoom Session. In the lead up to the intensive component, students will have approximately five hours of pre-recorded lectures. These will be timetabled and made available in Zoom/Echo 360 format, appearing twice a week. Engaging with the pre-recorded lectu?res through embedded online activities will contribute to your overall participation in the course. Reflective Essay: 20% Due on 4 Aug 2022|
|2||5 Aug- 7 Aug (9AM-5PM): Intensive Lecture, tutorials and class presentations. During these days we will cover topics such as conflict, land governance, water security, migration and labour, gender, and climate change, among others. The intensive component will include discussions in groups and class presentations by students, to help with their main essay. It will also include conversations with activists and practitioners working in relevant fields.||Class presentation and contribution 20%|
|3||23 & 30 Aug : Live Zoom seminars (6-8 PM): Policy and Practice||Roundtable discussion with policy experts and field practitioners followed by one hour tutorial discussing the implications of real-world problems and policy reports, amongst other issues. Overall participation in this part of the course is assessed as part of the 10% participation mark. 13 Sep: Final Essay Due (50%)|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Seminar Participation and Online Engagement||10 %||30/08/2022||13/09/2022||1, 2|
|Reflective Essay||20 %||04/08/2022||18/08/2022||1, 3|
|Class Presentations||20 %||07/08/2022||22/08/2022||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Final Essay||50 %||13/09/2022||27/09/2021||1,2,3,4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
Seminar Participation and Online Engagement
Oral contributions in seminars and interactive classes, combined with online activities
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 3
2000 words (not including footnotes and references)
Critical analysis of scholarship, writing and resources on and about issues to do with development approaches and ideologies, and/or social conflicts due to and exacerbated by environmental change.
Topics will be discussed with Lecturer.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Demonstrate communication skills involved in scholarly inquiry and critical review of issues pertinent to the course content and specialist topics addressed in lectures.
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4
4000 words (not including footnotes and references)
Demonstrate an informed and critical appreciation of selected course themes and debates around conflict and environmental change at a postgraduate level of scholarship.
(Topics for the essay will need to be discussed with the Lecturer in advance)
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Myanmar, Ethno-national Conflict, Identity Politics, Climate Change, Natural Resource Governance