UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

ANTH2702 Environment, Power and Disasters in Asia

Credit 6 points
  Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Non-standard teaching periodHong Kong - ArtsFace to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Anthropology and Sociology; Asian Studies; CHNSI Chinese; CHNSA Chinese; INDNI Indonesian; JPNSI Japanese major sequences
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design and Bachelor of Science students
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
Content Resource politics has emerged as one of the fundamental foci of debate in Asia today. This unit contextualises contemporary issues and conflicts over land, water and other environmental resources. Students examine the discursive and practical aspects of contemporary debates concerning particular environments and environmental disasters in Asia, including those influenced by climate change. Topics covered may include state and religious ideologies about the environment, local environmental knowledge, current controversies surrounding the imposition of national parks on lands of local peoples, climate change, dam constructions, forest conservation, industrial agriculture such as oil palm plantations, mining, industrial pollution, land and marine use and other issues of contemporary environmental impact in a globalising world. The unit also aims to familiarise students with the discourses and practices of environmentalism in Asia. In treating such topics the unit not only develops an awareness of the dimensions and processes involved in specifically Asian contexts, but also fosters a critical evaluation of larger theoretical perspectives such as cultural and political ecology and sustainable development.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical knowledge of debates and discourses surrounding contemporary environmental issues in Asia, as this region is affected by globalisation; assess the assumptions of diverse attitudes toward the environment; and demonstrate an understanding of the complexities of environmental transformations and human–environment interactions in postcolonial Asia; (2) demonstrate 'ethical sensitivity towards our diverse and globalised world', particularly in relation to decisions regarding deployment and conservation of natural resources; (3) demonstrate an ability to critically review, analyse, sumarise and synthesise theoretical and academic literature on the environment in Asia; demonstrate an ability to respond more incisively to statements made in media and other public sources concerning environmental issues; (4) demonstrate an ability to formulate, investigate and discuss research questions informed by an interdisciplinary literature on the environment in Asia and develop arguments based on a critical evaluation of evidence; and (5) demonstrate an ability to communicate anthropological and sociological ideas, principles and knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences using a range of formats (written, oral, visual etc.).
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) tutorial participation; (2) written work; and (3) in-class exercise. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Rita Armstrong
Unit rules
Prerequisites: a Level 1 ANTH or ASIA unit or ENSC1001 Global Challenges in Engineering
Incompatibility: SOCS2220 Environmental Issues in Asia
Contact hours up to 3 hours per teaching week
Unit OutlineSemester 1 : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANTH2702/SEM-1/2017
TS-QTR-A1 : http://www.unitoutlines.arts.uwa.edu.au/Units/ANTH2702/TS-QTR-A1/2017

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