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This subject consists of a 12-day field trip to East Timor in the mid-year break, with a series of compulsory pre-departure information sessions in late 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 small 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 East Timor Field Class subject (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 Class subject can be emotionally and physically demanding and will include a level of personal intensity and challenge, and students are expected to be active managers of their own personal health and safety (with the support of teaching staff). A further field work plan, risk assessment, with Faculty OHS team review and approval, covering COVID-19 global pandemic and general field/travel risk mitigation in the East Timorese and Australian context will be carried out in consultation with students closer to departure.
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. In 2023 the estimated cost is $3000.
Please note that in the event that this subject is unable to run in 2023 due to travel restrictions students will need to have a back-up enrolment option for Semester 2, 2023 (especially if this subject needs to be completed as a capstone and/or is necessary to graduate at the end of 2023). The travel situation will be reassessed by subject coordinators in late April 2023.
Intended learning outcomes
At the completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Critically evaluate issues in post-conflict and small island state development;
- Contrast regional landscape diversity and climate histories and the ways in which this influences social and environmental governance;
- Apply empirical research methods and cross-cultural fieldwork.
On completion of this subject students should have developed the following generic skills:
- Analytical skills: ability to comprehend some of the current debates in the relevant fields and illustrate an understanding many of the key issues facing many of Australia's near neighbours;
- Software skills: capacity to use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more specialised software;
- Critical thinlking skills: Capacity to understand small island state landscape and environmental issues;
- Oral presentation skills;
- Collaborative skills: ability to conduct group field and research activities.
Last updated: 24 November 2023