ENVI5903: Sustainable Development (Field School)

Credit points: 6
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Yayoi Lagerqvist
Session: July Intensive
Classes: Two pre-departure lectures, 2 week field intensive
Assessment: Essay and presentation (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Field-based

This unit of study constitutes an international field-based experience held in Laos during the July semester break. It explores the contested notions of sustainable development and sustainability through exposure to real world development dilemmas in natural resource rich developing country, Lao People's Democratic Republic in mainland Southeast Asia. We explore fundamental issues such as agrarian change, population growth, food security, resource scarcity and economic globalization. The unit of study involves lectures, in-situ readings and discussion groups, introduction to field methods, stakeholder meetings and experiential learning. Students interested in this unit should confirm their interest to the Unit Coordinator by the end of March of the year the field school will be held. There will be additional costs associated with this unit to cover food, accommodation, local transport and field assistance of about $1000 for this unit of study. Students will also be required to arrange their own international travel to the starting point (Vientiane).