- Code ANTH8047
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Crawford School of Public Policy
- ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
- Course subject Anthropology
- Academic career PGRD
- Dr Siobhan McDonnell
- Mode of delivery Online or In Person
First Semester 2021
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Through critical social inquiry this course examines the triangular relationship between the holders of (or claimants to) customary land rights, the agents that target their resources for extraction or conservation, and the various agencies and organisations involved in resource governance. The course uses case studies from different parts of the Asia-Pacific region (including Australia) to examine four major themes in resource negotiations with the holders of customary land rights: the relationships and roles of different actors, the institutional contexts in which they negotiate, the distribution of knowledge, and the distribution of power.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand and compare the social and political context for interaction between local landowners, civil society, state and private sector actors in selected countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
- Explain the significance of and parameters for equitable and informed negotiation over resource issues between these groups.
- Contribute to the design and implementation of effective and collaborative negotiation processes between these groups of actors.
- Essay to demonstrate capacity to engage with the literature on land rights and resource development by analysing and critically assessing authors’ arguments, and communicating this clearly in an academic format (30) [LO 1]
- Learning Portfolio with four tasks related to an online role-play about resource negotiations between local landowners, state, private, and civil society actors. a. Group statement (500 words; 10%) demonstrates each group’s analysis and understanding of its role and interests in the form of a statement that introduces it to other groups. (10) [LO 1,3]
- b. Individual contribution to group negotiations: online evidence of student contribution to their group through research, strategy development and negotiation with other groups. (20) [LO 3]
- c. Contribution to online debrief about the role play (3 x 100-200 word posts), in responding to debrief questions and posts by other students. (10) [LO 2,3]
- d. Reflection paper (1500 words), which examines the role play process and outcomes in light of concepts and literature covered in the course. (30) [LO 1,2,3]
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The standard workload for a 6 unit course is 130 hours including in-class time and independent study.
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