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GEOS3953: Asia-Pacific Field School (Advanced)

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 2019, it will be run over two to three weeks in February, in India. This unit can be taken only with prior permission from the unit of study coordinator, and involves mandatory attendance at pre-departure briefings. You will learn skills and knowledge about: (1) India's environmental and development challenges at a national scale (2) processes of rural social, environmental and economic change; (3) the challenges of sustainable urbanisation; (4) social transformations in India, specifically relating to gender, migration and mobility, and class. The unit is conducted in partnership with pre-eminent Indian universities, who provide guest lectures as appropriate in addition to those by the unit of study coordinator. The unit will also expose students to civil society groups 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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Geosciences Academic Operations

Code GEOS3953
Academic unit Geosciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
A mark of 75 or above in (GEOS2X21 or AREC2005 or GOVT2228 or GEOS2X11 or GEOS2X23 or GEOS2X16)
Assumed knowledge:

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

  • LO1. explain the meaning and contextual usage of key terms used by human geographers and political economists in the analysis of development and environmental sustainability, in the specific context of an Asia-Pacific country
  • LO2. use field observation as a method for analysing urban and natural landscapes in the context of a specific Asia-Pacific country
  • LO3. undertake problem-solving research into developmental and environmental issues relating to the specific context of an Asia-Pacific country
  • LO4. appraise issues relating to contemporary debates about development and environment in a specific Asia-Pacific country

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
Outline unavailable

Modes of attendance (MoA)

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Important enrolment information

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Additional advice

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