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Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia (AST250)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
OUA: OUA2-external, OUA4-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Asia is a region of extraordinary cultural and ecological diversity. This unit combines approaches from anthropology, sociology, and ecology to explore the 'traditional' adaptations and 'modern' transformation of cultures in the region.
The impacts of globalisation and development policies on these societies will be considered, with special attention to indigenous minorities and rural communities. The impacts of social and environmental change as a result of the green revolution, population pressure, urbanisation, industrialisation, overfishing, deforestation and tourism will also be addressed.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the cultural diversity of the Asian region
2. Demonstrate awareness of the critical relationship between cultural and ecological issues.
3. Recognize key concepts and underlying assumptions associated with a range of interpretations of the societies, cultures and ecologies of the Asian region.
4. Analyse the complex relationships between conservation and development policy in contemporary Asia.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 x 1 hour per week; films: 1 hour per week; tutorials: 1.5 hours per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The main objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of the various cultures and types of social organisation and ecological adaptation found in the Asian region, and to study the impact of social, economic and environmental change on these societies in the contemporary period. In the process we will be adopting perspectives developed in the disciplines of Anthropology, Sociology and Ecology. The unit has no prerequisites and provides all the background required through lectures, in-class or on-line tutorials, readings and audio-visual materials. Case studies of community-based conservation and development issues are an important component of the unit.
Assessment Assessment in this unit includes: Active contribution to online or in-class tutorial discussion, including a presentation (25%) and written critical commentaries on lectures and readings (15%) that are intended to test understanding and appreciation of the cultural and ecological diversity of the Asian region and awareness of contemporary conservation and development issues. A mid-semester take-home review involving concepts and a short essay (30%) and final open book examination (30%) that will assess students' understanding of key concepts and ability to analyse the impact of conservation and development policies in contemporary Asia.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed AST350 Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia, or previous versions of AST250 may not enrol in this unit for credit
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Education (Primary Teaching) (BEd(PrimTeach))
International Aid and Development (BA) [New in 2019]
Appears in these Co-Majors Asian Societies and Cultures
International Aid and Development
Appears in these Minors Anthropology
Asian Studies
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Mrs Catriona Stevens
Associate Lecturer in Global Studies

e: C.Stevens@murdoch.edu.au
Unit Contacts

OUA: OUA2-External
Mrs Catriona Stevens
Associate Lecturer in Global Studies

e: C.Stevens@murdoch.edu.au

MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Associate Professor Carol Warren
Associate Professor - Asian Studies

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2345
e: C.Warren@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.073 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus

OUA: OUA4-External
Dr Arjun Subrahmanyan
Senior Lecturer (South East Asian History)

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6219
e: A.Subrahmanyan@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.2.008 - Education and Humanities, Murdoch Campus
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