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GEOS3053: Asia-Pacific Field School

2024 unit information

The unit of study uses classroom and field-based learning to introduce students to the application of geographical concepts and methods to environmental and development problems in Asia-Pacific countries. The location and timing of this unit may change from year to year in accordance with the availability of lecturers and climatic considerations. In 2024, it will be run over two weeks in July, in Indonesia. You will learn skills and knowledge about: (1) environmental and development challenges at a national scale (2) processes of rural social, environmental and economic change; and (3) the challenges of sustainable urbanisation. The unit is conducted in partnership with students and staff from pre-eminent Indonesian universities. The unit will also expose students to civil society groups and policy makers working on issues of geo-political, economic and environmental importance. By doing this unit you will develop skills and knowledge that are highly relevant to research and careers in the Asia-Pacific. Students interested in this unit should confirm their interest to the Unit Coordinator by February of the year the field school will be held. There will be additional costs associated with this unit to cover food, accommodation, local transport and field assistance of about $800. Students will also be required to arrange their own international travel to the starting point (in 2024, this will be Semarang in Indonesia). This unit can be taken only with prior permission from the unit of study coordinator, and involves mandatory attendance at pre-departure briefings.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Geosciences Academic Operations

Code GEOS3053
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
GEOS2X21 or AREC2005 or GOVT2228 or GEOS2X11 or GEOS2X23 or GEOS2X16
GEOG3201 or GEOS3953
Assumed knowledge:

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Demonstrate familiarity with key aspects of the Southeast Asian region, including its cultures, history and geography and its political and economic systems
  • LO2. Demonstrate the ability to draw on insights provided by a range of disciplines when analysing complex real-world problems in a Southeast Asian context
  • LO3. Present evidence-based arguments in academic and policy genres
  • LO4. Work in interdisciplinary groups to understand and deconstruct complex social issues

Unit availability

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Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive July 2024
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Session MoA ?  Location Outline ? 
Intensive February 2020
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney
Outline unavailable
Intensive July 2023
Block mode Camperdown/Darlington, Sydney

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

Departmental permission requirements

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Additional advice

Students must contact the unit coordinator no later than September in the year before taking this unit.