China Field Class PG

Subject GEOG90007 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

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

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Jul-2015 to 25-Oct-2015
Assessment Period End 20-Nov-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 01-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Aug-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 25-Sep-2015

This is a semester 2 subject but three week's field class is taught in China during the winter recession.

An enrolment quota applies to this subject. For detailed information on the quota subject application process, refer to the Quota Subject link on the Science Student Centre website:

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

3 weeks of field trips

170 hours total time commitment


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.

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 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 website:


Prof Mark Wang


Faculty of Science

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 completed during fieldwork (15%) due last day in China,
  • Field-evidence based research poster 3500 word equivalent (35%) due the third Friday of semester 2,
  • Individual 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:
  • Field work skills
  • Cross-cultural communication and research skills
  • Research Project design
  • Teamwork
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
150 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
200 Point Master of Development Studies
200 Point Master of Development Studies (Gender && Development)
Development Studies
Development Studies
Environmental Science
Environmental Science
Gender and Development Specialisation - 100 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 150 Point Program
Gender and Development Specialisation - 200 Point Program
Tailored Specialisation
Tailored Specialisation

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