China Field Class PG

Subject GEOG90007 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 25
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: >100
Total Time Commitment:

3 weeks of field trips


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 on department website).



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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 class in China in July with some pre-departure orientation 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 environmental 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, accommodation and food.

Learning Outcomes:
  • 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/conduct a group research project;
  • work effectively in a teamwork situation.
  • Original field notes in either Chinese or English (10%) (due last day in China),
  • Field-evidence based research poster (40%) 3,5000 word equivalent (due the third Friday of semester 2),
  • Individual group project report (arising from group project work) of 4500 words, 50% (due the first Monday after the non-teaching week).
  • It is a hurdle requirement that students must attend the field trip.
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Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • Field work skills
  • Cross-cultural communication and research skills
  • Research Project design
  • Teamwork

Please note this is a quota subject. Students will need to fill out the quota subject application form found on the MSLE website ( and send it back to the MSLE Student Centre in Parkville before the due date listed on the form. A limited number of students will be selected for this subject on the basis of academic merit, subject to meeting the subject’s prerequisites or by demonstrating other appropriate qualifications for selection. Students will be advised in writing of the outcome of their application.

Related Course(s): Master of Science (Geography)
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: 100 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (CWT)
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
Development Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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