DEVT 3004EX - Vietnam Study Tour
External - Winter - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code DEVT 3004EX Course Vietnam Study Tour Coordinating Unit Anthropology and Development Studies Term Winter Level Undergraduate Location/s External Units 3 Contact 4 hours pre-departure, intensive delivery during 3 week study tour, 2 hours on return Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites At least 6 units of level II undergraduate study Course Description This course offers students an opportunity to develop methodological and practical skills in the context of study tour to Vietnam for a period of up to three weeks. Vietnam is one of the most interesting case study countries for scholars of international development in Southeast Asia. During the course, students will gain an enhanced understanding of Vietnam's aid architecture and the specific contextual challenges of national and localised development. The study tour is built around a series of case studies, in which students meet development professionals from a range of government and non-government organisations, and visit organisations managing real development projects. Students will apply their theoretical knowledge to evaluate these case study projects in relation to core development priorities and best practice methods.
Course Coordinator: Dr Thomas Wanner
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this course students will be able to:
Demonstrate developed knowledge of the aid architecture in Vietnam
Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of social, cultural and historical factors on development praxis and outcomes.
Ability to apply theoretical knowledge to critically evaluate real world development projects
Ability to objectively analyse information within a contextual framework and identify opportunities for improvement
Demonstrate confidence in a foreign environment and a well-developed sense of social responsibility through engagement with local communities.
Demonstrate high level written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrate skills and competencies in intercultural awareness.
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)
1-3 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
2-4 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
5-7 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2-7 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
1-7 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 ResourcesThere is no textbook for this course.
The required resources for this course (eg. readings) will be provided on MyUni.
Online LearningMyUni is an important learning tool and means of communication and knowledge exchange in this course. MyUni provides students
with course materials, announcements, and many other features to help manage their study. MyUni is also used for all assessment information and submission of assignments.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesStudents undertaking this course will be required to complete some pre-departure preparatory work on campus. This will take the form of two seminars – one introducing the development context of Vietnam and explaining the structure of the course, the other briefing students on culturally appropriate behaviour, risk management and code of conduct. Students are expected to complete the majority of the preparatory reading (relatively limited as most content is based on case studies and observational/action research) prior to departure. While away, the structure of learning is as follows: A one hour seminar discussion introduces the site visit/case study along with the related key themes and topics for the module. Seminars will also involve discussion and guidance on what kind of questions students should be asking their hosts on site visits. Seminar discussions are followed up by visits to the case study sites, which allow students to develop a first-hand understanding and real world application of the theoretical concepts of international development. The site visit is followed up with a second hour-long seminar in which students work in small discovery groups to share their observations and discuss implications for their analytical report – all students will give a formal oral presentation of work in progress during the latter sessions. Students are expected to attend all sessions and site visits. Any students who miss sessions due to illness will be supported to catch up by teaching staff and their discovery small group. Pastoral support will be provided by teaching staff and tour hosts to ensure students are well equipped to manage any challenges associated with travelling to a new country (culture shock, homesickness etc). Language support will be provided by local host.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.WORKLOAD TOTAL HOURS
3 x 2 hour seminars (2 pre-departure and 1 post tour) 6 hours per semester
9 x 2 hour seminars (held during the three week study tour) 18 hours per semester
9 x 5 hour (approx.) site visits (during three week study tour) 45 hours per semester
Reading and seminar preparation 40 hours per semester A
ssignment preparation 47 hours per semester
TOTAL = 156 hours per semester
Learning Activities SummarySome learning activities will take place prior to the tour (eg. 2 pre-tour seminars; and required readings). The course is conducted in Hanoi, Hue and Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. Learning activities are provided through seminars and field visits.
Topics: poverty and development; climate change; sustainable agriculture and forestry; gender and development; community-based tourism and ecotourism.
From Hanoi: Da Bac village with a focus on community-based tourism
From Hue: Phong Dien Natural Reserve with a focus on community forestry
From Ho Chi Minh City: Mekong River delta with a focus on sustainable agriculture/fisheries; and dams and development
There will be a debrief and reflection seminar after the return from the study tour.
Specific Course RequirementsStudents are required to organise their own travel to and from Vietnam; and their Visa for Vietnam for the time of the Study Tour.
Small Group Discovery ExperienceSmall Group Discovery Experience (SGDE) is the core of this study tour. The group of students will work together on various development issues in Vietnam.
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Assessment Summary1,2, 4, 51,2, 4, 5
Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Seminar Work/Participation Formative and summative
10% 1,2,5 Annotated Bibliography Summative
week before the tour starts
30% 1,2,4,5 Reflective Journal Formative and summative End of the tour 20% 1-7 Essay or Report Summative 2 weeks after the tour 40% 1-4; 6,7
Assessment Related Requirements1. To be able to pass the course you must complete and submit for assessment all THREE (3) assessment components with all of its parts
as described in this course profile.
2. Attendance at pre-study tour and post-study tour seminars is a compulsory.
3. The Harvard (author-date) referencing system must be used for the written assignments. (References are not counted towards the word count).
Assessment Detail1. Seminar Work (20%): Students are required to attend 2 pre-tour seminars and one seminar after the tour; and all seminars during the tour. They need to prepare for the seminars through readings and other preparatory work.
they will be asked to prepare for each seminar and provide a shortand
2. Reflective Journal (40%) (2,000 words): students will write a reflective journal of the activities, experiencs and their learning during the study tour.
3. Essay or Report (40%) (2,000 words): student will write either a report or essay about one of the development issues covered during the study tour.
SubmissionAll assignments are to be submitted electronically on MyUni.
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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