China Field Class

Subject GEOG30007 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

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

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject consists of a three-week field trip to China in July with some pre-departure seminars in Melbourne and information sessions in Semester 1
Total Time Commitment: Not available

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 Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Melbourne School of Land & Environment (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

This subject consists of a three-week field trip to China in July with some pre-departure seminars in Melbourne and information sessions in Semester 1. The subject is designed to develop students’ interests in Asia, in China in particular, and in the impacts of economic and social development on the environment. While in China, students will interact with local academics and environmental managers who will inform them about issues and processes in China. This will be supplemented by site visits. 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 environmental conditions in a society undergoing rapid economic and social change.
  • Have become familiar with the social and economic transformation of contemporary China.
  • Have acquired an understanding of methods of research and fieldwork in non-Western societies.
  • Have designed and executed a research project based on field observation.
  • Have learnt to work effectively in groups.

Original field notes in either Chinese or English (10%) (due last day in China), field-evidence based research poster (40%) (due the third Friday of semester 2) and your own group project report (arising from group project work) of 5000 words, 50% (due the first Monday after the non-teaching week).

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

Prescribed Texts:


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.


This is a quota subject. Students should fill the China Field class quota form and send it back to Client Service Centre, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, ground floor, Building 142, the University of Melbourne, Parkville before the first Monday in teaching Semester one, normally early March.

Quota forms can be obtained from the reception desk, ground floor, 221 Bouverie St or via the Geography program web page ( For further information, contact 13 MELB (13 6352) or Email:

A limited number of students will be selected for this subject on the basis of academic merit, subject to meeting the prerequisites listed below, or to demonstrating other appropriate qualifications for selection. Professor Mark Wang will advise you in writing of the outcome of your application in the 2nd or 3rd week of Semester one.

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