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This field class subject, combining on-campus classes with periodic off-campus field work in the Melbourne area, asks the question: in what ways are local sites globally connected? Sites selected for field study around Melbourne will vary year by year, as will the specific processes studied geographically at those sites. For example, study might be made of a selection of places and communities damaged by recent bushfire or flood, investigating how globally-sourced advice, personnel and equipment played a part in responding to those events, forging lasting links between those local places and the sources of their global assistance. Or, the global sources of contamination of local ocean sites might be studied. Or, the global worlds of social media might be mapped, by looking at a set of local social media users within particular urban populations. Or, the manner in which local environmental or urban policies may be drawn from overseas situations might be examined and critiqued, involving investigation of governance sites/settings in our local area and the ways they connect globally.
This is a field class subject, for which the field work will be conducted in Melbourne or its immediate environs. It is not an intensive subject.
Note this subject may be taken as the Capstone subject in the Geography major of the BA and BSc. All students, whether they are capstone students or not, will be required to complete online introductory materials that are common across all field classes, and will be invited to a discussion session together at the end of their Capstone study and experience.
Intended learning outcomes
At the successful completion of this subject, students will have:
- Knowledge of the varied and complex ways that local sites are connected globally, and how geography conceptualises and researches these relationships of scale
- Field-work and research skills to enable investigation of relationships between the global and the local that occur in the context of specific issues and places, and how these are experienced and understood
- Understanding of some site-specific examples of global connectedness
Upon successful completion of this subject, students will have skills in:
- articulating research problems that can be researched through local field work
- conducting library searches for relevant, international literature that can be related to local, site-based research problems
- using a case study approach to explore processes and problems situated in particular contexts, relating data and field-based information to conceptual arguments
Last updated: 24 November 2021