GEOG5003 Resource Extraction and Regional Development

6 points
Not available in 2019UWA (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.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Julia Horsley
Contact hours
workshops: 6 hours per week (for 6 weeks)
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-3_2019]
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