- Class Number 5306
- Term Code 3360
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Topic On Campus
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Keith Barney
- AsPr Keith Barney
- Dr Sarah Milne
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 24/07/2023
- Class End Date 27/10/2023
- Census Date 31/08/2023
- Last Date to Enrol 31/07/2023
This course mobilises comparative insights from the fields of "environmental security" and ""political ecology", and brings then into a productive conversation to help understand the drivers of environmental and resource conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region including Australia. Insights from the two schools establish a productive theoretical tension and a critically-informed toolkit, which have applications for conflict avoidance and resolution. Students will engage with classic debates on whether cases of environmental violence are best understood as connected to the dynamics of resource degradation, poverty and scarcity, or the mechanisms of extraction and unequal distribution of resource-based wealth in a globalised economy. Notions of environmental conflict and violence are situated as a “... site-specific phenomenon deeply rooted in local histories and social relations, but also connected to transitional processes of material change, political power relations and historical conjuncture” (Peluso and Watts, 2001).
The insights of environmental security are used to situate how environmental conflicts can become critical threats to human well-being, while also understanding the limits of "securitisation" discourse. The course raises critical questions of "security for whom?"; and interrogates how a new generation of environmental and human security scholars are responding to the critique from political ecologists. The course applies these ideas to a series of case studies around the Asia-Pacific region, including cases of minority rights, states, and resource industries; inter-state conflicts over resources that span sovereign jurisdictions; and conflicts over regional or global commons. The course positions how the prospect of disruptive anthropogenic climate change has ushered in a new discourse of systemic or multiplying threats, raising concerns over the security of critical resources, ecosystems and infrastructure. We will also build an analysis of how progressive actors and civil society institutions are attempting to counter trajectories towards intensified resource conflicts, through North-South social movements and environmental justice frameworks.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand existing theories explaining environmental conflict, through 'environmental security' and 'political ecology' perspectives
- Grasp the breadth of environmental conflicts occurring in different sites and resources sectors across the Asia-Pacific region
- Situate the spatial-historical contexts and politics of environmental conflict situations, grasping their roots, fluidities and complexities
- Understand how emerging environmental conflicts can involve overlapping and cumulative drivers, occurring simultaneously at multiple scales
- Consider potential practical resolutions to resource conflict situations, taking account of diverse stakeholder agendas and changing circumstances
- Adeptly apply and combine different understandings of understanding environmental conflicts through the application of social theory to historical and contemporary case studies, through a logical and ethics-based approach
This class draws upon the extensive fieldwork and research experience of the two lecturers-- from both Southeast Asia and Australia
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Political Ecology and Violent Environments|
|2||Environmental Security as Human Security||Assessment Task 1: Blog Post|
|3||Environmental Social Movements and Grassroots Resistance- Cambodia|
|4||Environmental Conflicts- Case Study from Australia|
|5||Community-based Environmental Problem Solving - Cambodia's Tonle Sap|
|6||Environmental Social Movements- Case Study from Australia||Assessment Task 3: Case Study|
|7||Environmental Transformations and Ethnic Groups in Conflict- Historical Experiences from Kalimantan, Indonesia|
|8||Resettlement and Forest-Land Policy Reform as Environmental Conflict in Upland Lao PDR|
|9||Land, Resources, Ethnicity, and Civil Conflict in Myanmar|
|10||Displacement, Forced Migration and Unfree Labour in Thailand's Fisheries Sector|
|11||The Geopolitics and Geo-economics of Infrastructure Development in the Lao Mekong Basin: China's Belt and Road Initiative|
|12||Climate Change, Australian Environmental Security, and Rupture||Assessment Task 4: Final Essay|
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|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|Weekly commentaries||10 %||*||*||1, 2|
|Blog post||10 %||10/08/2023||24/08/2023||1|
|Case study||35 %||15/09/2023||29/09/2023||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Final Essay||45 %||10/11/2023||01/12/2023||1, 2, 3, 4|
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
At least two commentaries on weekly readings, of your choice. Due throughout the semester. Worth 5% each (10% total), 400 words each.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1
Short blog on thinking through resource conflicts through the "schools" of political ecology versus environmental security (10%). 800 words
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Develop a case study of an environmental conflict, of your choosing, based upon the module taught by Sarah. 2,000 words
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Prepare either: (i) a conceptual and analytical essay about an environmental conflict; OR (ii) a policy brief of an environmental conflict. 2,500 words
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Resource geography, political ecology, agrarian studies, Southeast Asian Studies
AsPr Keith Barney
AsPr Keith Barney