UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

GEOG5003 Mining and Regional Development

Credit 6 points
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AvailabilityLocationMode
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Content Mining is becoming an increasingly important part of the economies of developing countries, making a valuable contribution to economic growth, employment, infrastructure development and social wellbeing. However, it is also an industry that has 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.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) understand the economic, social and political contexts within which mining occurs in developing regions; (2) appreciate the ethical dilemmas associated with resource extraction in developing regions; (3) draw on a range of theoretical models to understand the impact of mining on developing regions; (4) build scenarios that systematically evaluate the positive and negative implications of mining in developing regions; and (5) appreciate the range of strategies that are used to minimise the negative impacts and maximise the positive impacts of mining in regional contexts.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) seminar presentation 1; (2) seminar presentation 2; and (3) a report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Pyone Myat Thu
Contact hours workshops: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/GEOG5003/TS-TP-1/2017

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