China Field Class

Subject GEOG30007 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2016:

June, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 25-Jun-2016 to 10-Jul-2016
Assessment Period End 18-Nov-2016
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Mar-2016
Census Date 29-Jul-2016
Last date to Withdraw without fail 30-Sep-2016

An enrolment quota of 35 students (in both undergraduate and post-graduate offering) applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, enrolment deadlines and selection preferences, refer to the Faculty of Science website:

Students undertake field trip experiences that will require them to be physically capable of undertaking outdoor field work in remote locations. Due to variability of transportation and remoteness, students need to be both mobile and self-reliant.

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Contact Hours: This subject consists of a two-week field trip to China in winter recess with some pre-departure (in Semester 1) and post-field class workshops (in Semester 2) in Melbourne.
Total Time Commitment:

340 hours in total


Usually completion of 200 points including at least 50 points from subjects in geography, urban planning, Asian studies, environmental studies and environmental science at second/third year or permission of the subject coordinator. ( GEOG20010: China in Transition is recommended).

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects:

Students who have completed 121-433 China Field Class or GEOG90007 (207-517) Development and Environment in China may not enrol in this subject.

Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support:


Prof Mark Wang


Subject Overview:

This subject consists of a two-week field trip to China in July with some pre-departure (in semester 1) and post-field trip workshop/seminars (in semester 2) in Melbourne. The subject is designed to develop students’ interests in Asia, in China in particular, and in the interactions between society, economy, government, and the environment. While in China, students will interact with local communities, academics and environmental managers who will inform them about issues and processes in China. This will be supplemented by site visits and household interviews. The field trip will be under the supervision of the subject coordinators. Students are responsible for the cost of airfares, accommodation and food.

Learning Outcomes:
  • Have become familiar with the social and economic transformation of contemporary China.
  • Have become familiar with environmental conditions in a society undergoing rapid economic and social change.
  • Have acquired an understanding of methods of research and fieldwork in non-Western societies.
  • Have designed and executed a group research project and poster .
  • Have learnt to work effectively in group

1) 2000-word written reflection on themes explored during the field trip (25%) written on the last day of the fieldtrip;

2) academic poster – about 80 hour work (25%) due the fourth Monday of semester 2;

3) your own essay based on group work-(arising from group project work) of 4000 words (50%) due the first Monday after the non-teaching week in semester two.

It is a hurdle requirement that students must attend the field trip.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Develop field-based and cross-cultural research skills.

  • Illustrate a good understanding of the impacts of economic and social development on the environment in a society undergoing rapid economic and social change.

  • Work effectively in a teamwork situation.

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