GEOG5003 Resource Extraction and Regional Development
- 6 points
Availability Location Mode Non-standard teaching period UWA (Perth) Face to face
- Resource extraction and mining are becoming an increasingly important part of the economies in countries of the global south and north, making a valuable contribution to economic growth, employment, infrastructure development and social wellbeing. However, the extractive industries also have a 'darker side', including contributing to rising inequality, social upheaval and conflict, environmental degradation, spatially uneven development and the so-called 'resource curse'. This unit examines these dilemmas in a regional and local context, and considers strategies that minimise negative impacts and maximise benefits. Case studies are drawn from Africa, Asia, South America and Australia.
- Students are able to (1) understand the economic, social and political contexts within which resource extraction occurs in regions at different development levels; (2) appreciate the ethical dilemmas associated with resource extraction; (3) draw on a range of theoretical models to understand the impacts of resource extraction; (4) evaluate the positive and negative implications of resource extraction with respect to development goals; and (5) appreciate the range of strategies that are used to minimise the negative impacts and maximise the positive impacts of mining and resource extraction and development in regional contexts.
- Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) writing journal; (2) critical essay; and (3) a report. Further information is available in the unit outline.
Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
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- Julia Horsley
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- workshops: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
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