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International Mobility: Global Sustainability and Local Responses in the Indo-Pacific HOS200


In this unit you will undertake a fully funded three-week immersive trip to an Indo-Pacific nation, engaging with local leaders to explore the impact of global environmental issues at the local level. Working individually, and in small groups, you will learn about these issues through the lens of the host country, as well as the development and execution of sustainable solutions happening both now, and in the future.

Your studies will commence locally in Tasmania and incorporate Palawa Aboriginal knowledges. Embracing the multidisciplinary nature of international sustainability efforts, you will be able to tailor your preparatory learning to your own discipline or area of study. You will then be fully prepared for your international experience, ready to learn from the local leaders of your destination country as they share their sustainability issues, experiences, and solutions.

The overseas trip will help expand your perspectives, viewing sustainability efforts through the lives, actions, and histories of those who experience them. It will help you to interpret environmental challenges and solutions holistically, appreciating the social, cultural, economic and political contexts of different countries. Supported by academics with research and network connections to the host organisations and local leaders, you will evaluate human impacts on natural and built environments, and how physical, economic, social and technological factors affect global sustainability efforts. During your time in country, you will develop cross-cultural awareness, basic conversational skills in the main language of your host country (e.g., Bahasa or Vietnamese), and self-reflexive skills to critically reflect on your own perspectives. 

Through growing awareness of the importance of Southeast Asia to Australia, you will cultivate a deeper appreciation of Tasmania’s and your own place in the world.


Unit name International Mobility: Global Sustainability and Local Responses in the Indo-Pacific
Unit code HOS200
Credit points 25
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
College Office - CALE
Discipline College Office - CALE
Coordinator Doctor Taufiq Tanasaldy|Doctor Vinh To
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Summer school (early) On-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Summer school (early) 27/11/2023 1/1/2024 8/1/2024 18/2/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate human impacts on natural environments and how physical, economic, social and technological factors affect global sustainability solutions
  • Explain observed environmental challenges and responses in their social, cultural, economic and political contexts
  • Analyse environmental issues in the visited country and draw comparisons to Tasmania and Australia
  • Demonstrate cross-cultural competencies in social interaction and communication

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050999 $2,237.00 $2,237.00 not applicable $6,136.00

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50 credit points


Teaching Pattern

Orientation workshop: face-to-face and online, 1x 120minutes

Pre-trip briefing: face-to-face and online, 3x 60 minute sessions

Content workshops: face-to-face and online (environmental policies, culture, politics, technology, animal welfare, industry emission), 6x120 minute sessions

In-country trip: 3 weeks

Post-trip debrief: face-to-face and online, 1x180minutes

Optional Cross-cultural training and language classes: 4x120 minute lessons. Language learning will not be assessed as part of this unit however we strongly recommend students complete these classes.

AssessmentGroup Country environmental profile (Indonesia/Malaysia/Vietnam) (30%)|Personal reflections on cultural encounters during the trip (30%)|Group reflection on the journey (40%)
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