Part of the Geography & Environment major, this interdisciplinary unit is also available as an elective for students from a wide range of first year backgrounds.
Australia's accelerating engagement with our neighbours in the Asia-Pacific requires an ability to empathise, relate to, and work with diverse cultures and places. You will have opportunities to learn about the Asia-Pacific region’s varied environments, cultures, political systems and ways of life. And you will consider how human-environment interactions produce particular outcomes in different places. The unit focuses on legacies of colonialism, demographic change, natural resource and environmental management and social justice and human rights concerns. We will examine case examples in the Asia-Pacific that illustrate key opportunities and challenges created by uneven processes of development. Among these challenges are energy transitions; forestry; nature conservation; tourism; urbanisation; and climate change mitigation and adaptation. We consider the similarities, differences and points of tension between Australia and its neighbours. Upon successfully completing the unit, you will be better equipped to engage with the Asia-Pacific, to continue to build place-specific knowledge and cultural understanding necessary for the challenges that lie ahead.
|Unit name||Placing Australia in the Asia-Pacific Region|
|Faculty/School||College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
|Discipline||Geography and Spatial Sciences|
Professor Jason Byrne
Assoc Prof Aidan Davison
|Available as student elective?||Yes|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
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KGA171 and KGA172 or 25 credit points in social science, business, law or humanities discipline
You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:
2 x 1-hr lectures weekly, 5 x 2-hr tutorials
2-hr exam (40%), 3000 word country case study (40%), tutorial activities (20%)
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Information about any textbook requirements will be available from mid November.
Hay, I. (2012) Communicating in Geography and the Environmental Sciences, 4th edn., Oxford, South Melbourne
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