GEOG 5006 - People and Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017

This course will introduce students to socio-economic and environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region. This region, which characterised by extraordinary cultural and economic diversity as well as important environmental resources, is also marked by significant economic, demographic and political change. This course is concerned with understanding the processes of human and environmental change in the region, its major environmental problems and issues, as well as with differing approaches to environmental management. Topics covered each semester will reflect the expertise of teaching staff and may include natural resource management issues, environmental law and resource governance, sustainable regional development, population and health, urbanisation, poverty and tourism. Specific case studies of countries from the regions are an essential part of the teaching and learning in this course.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code GEOG 5006
    Course People and Environment in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Coordinating Unit Geography, Environment and Population
    Term Semester 2
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 6
    Contact Up to 3 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Incompatible GEST 5006
    Course Description This course will introduce students to socio-economic and environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region. This region, which characterised by extraordinary cultural and economic diversity as well as important environmental resources, is also marked by significant economic, demographic and political change. This course is concerned with understanding the processes of human and environmental change in the region, its major environmental problems and issues, as well as with differing approaches to environmental management. Topics covered each semester will reflect the expertise of teaching staff and may include natural resource management issues, environmental law and resource governance, sustainable regional development, population and health, urbanisation, poverty and tourism. Specific case studies of countries from the regions are an essential part of the teaching and learning in this course.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Douglas Bardsley

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Have an understanding of the economic, social, political and ecological dimensions and processes of the human-nature relationships in the Asia-Pacific region.
    2 Comprehend the politics of the environment in countries of the Asian Pacific region, and the close link between economic development and environmental change.
    3 Highlight the importance of cultural dimensions for shaping the understanding and approaches to environmental issues in the Asia-Pacific region.
    4 Employ critical thinking skills about various environment and development issues and debates in the Asia-Pacific region.
    5 Critically assess the usefulness, strengths and limitations of environmental strategies of various countries of the Asia-Pacific region.
    6 Apply high quality written and verbal communication skills.
    7 Work effectively and collaboratively in seminar/workshop situations.
    8 Work effectively in a group to produce results.
    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    7, 8
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    5, 6, 7, 8
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 3, 4, 5
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    2, 3, 4, 5
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    There are no required text books for this course. 
    Recommended Resources
    Weekly required readings will be uploaded to the course MyUni.
    Online Learning
    The MyUni website for the course will provide you with access to course materials, announcements and many other features to help manage your study. You are advised to regularly visit the MyUni website for the course to receive course announcements and reminders.

    You will need the following to access MyUni:

    · a computer with an Internet connection;
    · a PC running Windows 95 or higher or a Mac running Mac OS 8.6 or higher;
    · a JavaScript enabled web browser (Netscape Navigator 4.7 or higher Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher);
    · the Adobe Reader software
    (download from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html);
    · your University of Adelaide username and password.

    To reach the MyUni website for the course follow the links from the University of Adelaide's Homepage http://www.adelaide.edu.au/ to Login to MyUni https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/webapps/login. When you open the course website you will find material related to the course. You will need to enter a username and password to enter the MyUni website.

    If you have difficulty accessing MyUni contact the Help Desk at 831 33335 or send an e-mail to myuni.help@adelaide.edu.au.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Primary modes of learning in this course will be interactive face-to-face lectures, workshops, facilitated tutorial discussion, assignment preparation, peer engagement.
    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    As a 6 unit course, it is expected students will spend an average of 24 hours per week (including class-time) undertaking reading, session preparation and assignments for this course.
    Learning Activities Summary
    Schedule
    Week 1 Introduction
    Week 2 Tourism and the environment
    Week 3 Community-based natural resource management
    Week 4 Sustainable agriculture
    Week 5 Food security in Asia
    Week 6 Water management
    Week 7 Environmental migration
    Week 8 Developing solutions to environmental risk
    Week 9 TBA
    Week 10 Religion and the environment
    Week 11 Student presentations
    Week 12 Concluding seminar: Sustainability in the Asia-Pacific Region
    Specific Course Requirements
    Attendance at weekly classes is compulsory. Students unable to attend a seminar must notify the course coordinator through email prior to the session and provide a certificate or statement for medical or compassionate grounds when they return to class.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students are expected to play an active role in a workshop discussion group. This will include working through discussion questions, and making brief presentations and taking part in discussions. 
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome
    Seminar participation Formative and summative 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Reflection journal Formative and Summative 30% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Research report Summative 40% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Powerpoint presentation Summative 20% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    TBA
    Assessment Detail
    TBA
    Submission
    TBA
    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy (http://www.adelaide.edu.au/policies/101/) course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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  • Policies & Guidelines
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