Development and Environment in China

Subject 207-517 (2009)

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Credit Points: 25.00
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

July, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Winter term (7 weeks June - July)

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: >100
Total Time Commitment: 3 weeks

Usually completion of 300 points including at least 50 points from subjects in geography, resource management, urban planning, environmental studies or environmental science at second/third year or by permission of the subject coordinator. Students enrolled in the Master of Contemporary Asian Analysis or Development Studies and student completing a Major in Asian Studies within the BA degree are exempt from these prerequisites.

A quota subject form must be completed (form available form department website).

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


Assoc Prof Mark Wang


Associate Professor Mark Wang
Subject Overview: This subject consists of a three-week field class in China in July with some pre-departure seminars and information sessions in Semester 1 in Melbourne. The subject is designed to develop students' interests in Asia, in China in particular, and in the impacts of economic and social development on China's environment. While in China, students will interact with local academics and environmenal managers who will inform them about issues and processes in China. These interactions will be supplemented by site visits. The field trip will be under the supervision of the subject coordinator. Students are responsible for the cost of travel, accomodation and food.

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;

design a research project based on field observation;

work effectively in a teamwork situation

Assessment: A research diary totalling 4000 words 40% (due third Friday of Semester 2) and an essay of 6000 words 60% (due the first Monday after the non-teaching week in Semester 2).
Prescribed Texts: None
Recommended Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Field work dills

Cross-cultural communication and research skills

Project design



The application procedure for the subject is as follow:

1] interested students must fill out a quota subject application form (available from the departmental website or front office);

2] the subject coordinator will send a letter of offer (in early March) if the application is successful.

Late applications may be accepted.

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