SCIE2208 International Fieldwork in Thailand

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
Students will have the opportunity to experience first-hand the agricultural and environmental challenges facing Thailand with their learning experiences enriched through lectures delivered by UWA and Thai staff and visits to agricultural stations, rural communities and/or national parks. A ‘buddy system' pairs up Australian with Thai students and all activities are done jointly. Students apply their learning in a setting very different to Australia whilst learning with and from Thai students. Integrated field-work gives students a unique insight into the different socioeconomic and environmental issues facing agriculture in Asia. Students spend one month preparing for their NCP experience – this includes the development of a non-verbal and non-written laboratory methods manual which the students will teach to their Thai buddies. This is followed by two intensive weeks (8 hours /day) at Naresuan University, Thailand. On their return students submit a consultancy report on a topic of their choice. The course includes topic-specific study that is supplemented and contextualized by local Thai staff. Field trips plus weekend cultural activities are included.
Students are able to (1) develop an understanding of agricultural and environmental challenges facing Thailand; (2) develop a broad understanding of socioeconomic and environmental issues facing agriculture in Asia; (3) develop an understanding of Thai culture and language; and (4) apply their learning in a setting very different to Australia whilst learning with and from Thai students..
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) consultancy report; (2) laboratory activity; and (3) power point presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Daniel Murphy
Unit rules
BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology
ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology, completion of 48 points and approval of the unit coordinator
Approved quota: 12—results achieved in pre-requisite units and expression of interest explaining why students would benefit from the experience
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 or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
(1) Students will be required to contribute $2000 to cover , internal transfers food and accommodation and other costs associated with the unit (estimated cost - 2000)
(2) Students will be required to pay for incidental expenditure while traveling in Thailand (estimated cost - 250).
Contact hours
two intensive weeks (8 hours /day)
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