ASIA 3007 - Beyond Asian Ecological Crises
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code ASIA 3007 Course Beyond Asian Ecological Crises Coordinating Unit Centre for Asian Studies Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Incompatible ASIA 2025 Course Description How can we overcome ecological crises in Asia? This course explores this question by focusing on China and Japan, the second and the third largest economies in the world, as their experiences are key for dealing with major socio-environmental issues, such as global warming and nuclear catastrophes. The main point of reference though is Japan. It became the world's second largest economy in the 1960s, until overtaken by China in 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster. The social and ecological devastation caused by this nuclear catastrophe suggests that we are at a significant crossroad for rethinking the relationship between development and the environment, or rather, between humankind and nature. What can we learn from Japan's experience of intense modernisation to overcome and avert further ecological crises in China and beyond?
Topics such as energy, agriculture, construction, education, employment, spiritual heritage, and urban-rural relationships, both in Japan and China will be examined. Not only the political economy of each country but also grassroots responses to socio-environmental crises will be used to analyse whether we have an adequate theoretical and philosophical foundation to rethink the human-nature nexus. The role Australia can play will also be discussed.
Students in this course have an option to participate in a 10-day study-abroad program, Gateway Japan, during the mid-semester break instead of attending workshops in weeks 7-12. The program has been tailor-made for this course by Tottori University, and provides a rare opportunity to study sustainability outside of western and urban frames of reference, while experiencing the lush spring of rural Japan.
The course is useful for students doing International Studies, Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Development Studies, Media Studies, Environmental Policy and Management, International Business, Education and Law, as well as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences.
Course Coordinator: Dr Shoko Yoneyama
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 have a broad, coherent and in-depth knowledge on the structural issues relating to the economic development and the environmental/ecological crisis in (East) Asia. 2 be able to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise data from a wide variety of sources, including databases specific to Asian Studies. 3 have the skills to write research reports of publication standard. 4 have an ability to suggest creative and innovative solutions to issues relating to the ecological crisis in the context of the Asian Century. 5 develop high order skills in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication, with particular strengths in transcultural and interdisciplinary communication. 6 be proficient in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies in research, writing, communication and presentation. 7 be aware of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context. 8 be autonomous, critical and creative thinkers, able to work as professionals in relevant fields relating to Asia, equipped with the knowledge and skills listed above.
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 7 8 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
2 3 4 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
4 5 6 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
3 4 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
5 7 8 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
Required ResourcesStudents are expected to use Myuni and undertake out of class work as well as use the course reading materials provided.
Myuni, ICC and Turnitin will be used for assignment, submission, and marking.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching Modes
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The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
1 x 1-hour lectures per week 12 hours per semester 1 x 2-hour workshop per week 24 hours per semester 6 hours reading per week 72 hours per semester 2 hours research per week 24 hours per semester 2 hours assignment preparation per week 24 hours per semester Total 156 hours
Learning Activities SummaryLecture topics (provisional)
Week 1 Nuclear crisis in Japan: World risk society in the Anthropocene
Week 2 Development and the question of core and periphery
Week 3 Industrial pollution: Minamata – The question of modernity
Week 4 Animism: Nature,life & soul
Week 5 Research Consulation
Week 6 Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Week 7 Youth issues
Week 8 Globalisation and the question of food
Week 9 Civil society
Week 10 Asian Century: Australia’s significance for a sustainable Asia
Week 11 Gateway Japan student presentation
Week 12 Conclusion
Students enrolled in this course is eligible to apply for Gateway Japan study tour held in mid-semester break. For details, go to Global Learning homepage. If interested, it is essential to apply in January and early February.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task for students
NOT attending Gateway Japan Study Tour
Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Workshop Contribution: Self-assessment Formative & Summative Weekly 10% 5 Workshop Contribution: Reflective journal Formative & Summative Week 14 10% 1 2 7 8 Reflection paper (1000 words) on any topic introduced in weeks 1-4 Formative & Summative Week 5 20% 1 2 6 7 Reearch outline (Presentation OR Annotated bibliography) Formative & Summative Weeks 7-12 10% 2 4 6 8 Research Essay: 2500-3000 words Summartive Week 14 50% 1 2 4 5 6 7 Assessment Task for students
ATTENDING Gateway Japan Study Tour
Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Workshop Contribution: Self-assessment
(5 weeks only)
Formative & Summative Weekly 5% 5 Workshop Contribution: Reflective journal
(5 weeks only)
Formative & Summative Week 14 5% 1 2 7 8 Reflective Diary of Gateway Japan
(500 words x 5 topics)
Formative & Summative Week 7 30% 1 2 6 7 Research Presentation
(based on Gateway Japan)
Formative & Summative Week 11 10% 2 4 6 8 Research Essay: 2500-3000 words Summative Week 14 50% 1 2 4 5 6 7
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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
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