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Culture, Communities and Sustainability in Asia (AST650)

Organisational Unit Global Studies
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal, S1-external
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Asia is a region of extraordinary diversity and rapid change. This unit combines approaches from anthropology, sociology and ecology to explore the relationship between culture and sustainability for communities in the Asian region. The effects of globalisation, development and conservation policies will be considered with special attention to indigenous minorities and rural societies. The impacts of changing cultural values and social relations through the green revolution, population pressure, urbanisation, industrialisation, deforestation, overfishing and tourism will be addressed.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the critical relationship between cultural and ecological diversity in the Asian region.
2. Recognize underlying assumptions associated with a range of interpretations of the social, cultural and ecological issues affecting the Asian region.
3. Analyse the complex relationships between conservation and development policy in contemporary Asia.
4. Apply principles of social ecology to the analysis of community resource management and sustainability issues in agriculture, fisheries, forestry, tourism and small industrial sectors.
Timetabled Learning Activities Seminars: 1 x 3 hours per week; 2 x 40 minutes on-line lectures and discussion forum.
Unit Learning Experiences Given the scope of this unit and its interdisciplinary objectives, it has been structured to take students of varying undergraduate backgrounds through a logically developed series of topics. The unit is organised around a set of structured on-line lectures, documentaries and readings that cover a wide range of community sustainability issues in the Asian region. Engagement in discussions with fellow students through the weekly Workshops (internal students) or on-line Discussion Forum (external students) will provide the opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences and to critically engage with the content of the unit and associated assignments.
Assessment Forum Discussion and Critical Commentaries (35%); Take-home Review (20%); Essay (20%); and Final Examination (25%).
Prerequisites Enrolment in a graduate-level (AQF level 8 or AQF level 9) course.
Notes If not enrolled in a graduate-level (AQF level 8 or AQF level 9) course, then permission of the Unit Coordinator is required.
Previously 2013: 'Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Graduate Diploma in Community Development (GradDipCommDev)
Master of Communication (MCommun)
Master of Community Development (MCommDev)
Master of Sustainable Development (MSustDev)
Master of Veterinary Studies (Conservation Medicine) (MVS)
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
Dr Anja Reid

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6039
e: A.Reid@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.062 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-External
MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Anja Reid

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6039
e: A.Reid@murdoch.edu.au
o: 450.3.062 - Building 450, Murdoch Campus
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