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Semester 2 - Off Campus
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This subject consists of a 10-day field intensive with a series of three compulsory full day pre-departure sessions and a post-intensive workshop. The subject is designed to develop students’ understanding of the Asia-Pacific region and in particular of the complex geographies of small island and post-conflict states. Through a comparative ethnographic focus on East Timor and Indigenous Australia, students will gain an appreciation of important historical and contemporary issues relevant to both contexts 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. Students will participate in a number of rural and urban site visits in Victoria and virtual site visits/discussions in East Timor. They will interact with a range of community members, academics, and representatives from government and non-government organisations.
The field trip will be under the supervision of the subject coordinators. Students are responsible for the cost of travel, accommodation and food.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students will have achieved the following objective:
- Specialised knowledge 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; and
- High level skills in independent and small group empirical research methods and cross-cultural fieldwork practices.
Upon completion of this subject, students should have:
- The 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; and
- Oral presentation skills;
- group field and research activities.
Last updated: 13 October 2021