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This subject consists of a 12-day field trip to East Timor in mid-year break with a series of compulsory pre-departure information sessions in semester 1 and a post-trip workshop in early Semester two. The subject is designed to develop students’ understanding of the Asia-Pacific region and in particular of the complex geographies of sm. all island and post-conflict states. Students will gain an in situ appreciation of the historical and contemporary issues relevant to East Timor and develop their empirical and analytical research skills while carrying out small group research into the impacts of conflict, climate and culture on social and economic development and the environment. While in East Timor, students will participate in a number of rural, urban and remote site visits during which time they will interact with local communities, civil society leaders, academics, government and aid organizations. The field trip will be under the supervision of the subject coordinators. Students are responsible for the cost of airfares, internal travel, accommodation and food.
The East Timor Field Course (GEOG30026/ GEOG90025) involves a full program of activities comprising travel to and around East Timor, including across remote and rough terrain using various modes of transportation (car, boat, foot). Students will be provided with privileged access to local Timorese communities and experiences, in both an urban, regional and rural setting. The East Timor Field Course can be emotionally and physically demanding and will include a level of personal intensity and challenge, and students are expected to manage their own personal health and safety.
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.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students will have achieved the following objective:
- An appreciation of the critical issues in post-conflict and small island state development;
- An appreciation of regional landscape diversity and climate histories and the ways in which this influences social and environmental governance;
- Familiarity with empirical research methods and cross-cultural fieldwork.
- ability to comprehend some of the current debates in the relevant fields;
- software skills, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more specialised software;
- illustrate an understanding many of the key issues facing many of Australia’s near neighbours;
- develop an understanding of small island state landscape and environmental issues;
- oral presentation skills;
- group field and research activities.
Last updated: 3 November 2022