• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Asian Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course
Study Tour: Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change in Asia and the Pacific (ASIA6012)

This study tour may be offered in Winter 2025 (subject to confirmation).

This intensive course will involve 4 weeks of in-country traveling and study at the University of Tokyo and the Mt Fuji region of Japan followed by equivalent time at the ANU and south coast to tablelands region. The course asks the fundamental questions, "How do we explain the remarkably abrupt changes that sometimes occur in nature and society?" and "What can knowledge of the past tell us about our future?". Much of what we know of the deeper past comes from natural archives of changing cultural landscapes and environment. In Australia and the Asia-Pacific region there is a rich body of evidence for past changes in culture, climate, landscape and biodiversity that is only just beginning to be explored. The evidence for critical transitions that have occurred in nature and society will be discussed and students will see first-hand examples of how environmental change has influenced past and present societies and cultures. The course combines in-class learning, museum visits and fieldtrips to Mt Fuji and the coastal and inland regions around the ANU campus. The course will provide students with a deeper understanding of the practical skills to engage in current issues that span the sciences and humanities. 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Describe the nuanced role that natural processes and human impacts may have on landscapes in the past and demonstrate an understanding of how the evidence is obtained.
  2. Develop high-level critical analysis of the natural and human influences that explain past cultural and environmental conditions.
  3. Evaluate how differing perceptions of natural and cultural landscapes have influenced societies through time, drawing on and justifying interdisciplinary approaches as appropriate.
  4. Communicate ideas about environmental change effectively in contrasting Japanese and Australian contexts.
  5. Display high-level skills of reading comprehension, writing, and presenting in styles suitable for a professional workplace environment and for a general audience.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Assessment will be based on activities and work produced throughout course. The following assessment will occur in Japan and Australia for the two parts of this course Japan Workbook for reflective writing (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Australia Two Quizzes (10) [LO 1,2,3]
  3. Workbook for reflective writing (15) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  4. Research presentation on selected key topic chosen during the course delivered on Day 20 (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
  5. Final Essay (3000 words) based on a key topic chosen during the lectures and field visits delivered two weeks after course lecture period concludes (30) [LO 1,2,3,4]

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Students will be expected to have the following workload in Japan and Australia. 

The course will involve a 2hr preparatory lecture followed by 1 week of field work with 5 lectures and field visits as in-country intensive learning (4 hours per day). Students also will have workload of reading and writing assignments, estimated at 8-10 hours per week. 

The total workload for this course is 130 hours.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have successfully completed at least 24 units of university courses. This course is incompatible with ARCH2022, ARCH6022 and ASIA2022.

You will need to contact the School of Culture History and Language to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Prescribed Texts

Recommended Textbooks

Head, L. (2000) Cultural Landscapes and Environmental Change. Oxford University Press, London. 

Fletcher et al. (2021) Indigenous knowledge and the shackles of wilderness. PNAS, https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2022218118


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
If you have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). More information about your student contribution amount for each course at Fees

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $4080
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2024 $6000
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