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Unit Overview


Students investigate the agricultural production environmental impact nexus, in a real world context by either participating in a field trip to Vietnam or working on a one-on-one basis with an individual UWA academic advisor on developing a case study. For students participating in the field trip, the focus can be at the project management level, working with office based staff; primarily in the field via extension and data collection work; or a combination of both. For students not participating in the field, the case study context is framed around an active project at The International Centre for Tropical Agriculture Vietnam office, which may overlap with some of the field trip based projects, and students still have the opportunity to participate in skype project meetings, and work on real world collaborations, including with Vietnamese CIAT researchers working in partnership with UWA staff.

All students, regardless of field trip participation, are exposed to international research organisations and the process of developing a research project, assessing the risks associated with the delivery of that research project, and primary data collection in the field.

Through a process of reflective practice, students develop an understanding of the practical challenges of implementing effective environmental and natural resource management policy in a developing country context, and understand the implications of policy changes on rural communities.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) analyse the relationships between a

developing country's agricultural structures and the impact of agricultural production on local community well-being and the environment

; (2) demonstrate an understanding,of the challenges faced by a developing country to improve its systems of governance and management, with respect to agricultural production and environmental management; (3) work collaboratively to obtain information from local

producers (e.g. cooperative members) and environmental management organisations; and (4) demonstrate an understanding of local customs, procedures, history and culture.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) oral presentations; and (3) written reports. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Steven Schilizzi
Unit rules
Successful completion of
48 points in your chosen degree and prior approval
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trip to Vietnam - all costs are covered by GLO grant (estimated cost - $100).
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.