SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places

12 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Working in the field can be demanding and involves uncertainty, risks and challenges. Through building your core knowledge and providing you with practical training, this unique unit is designed for both people preparing to work in the field and researchers undertaking research fieldwork in a range of complex, unstable and potentially hostile environments. The unit combines the development of core knowledge on effective field preparation through classroom seminar teaching and simulations with practical field training through virtual reality technologies and immersive scenarios at our field camp in the Perth hills. The unit develops knowledge and skills in fieldwork design and planning, risk management, personal safety, ethical dilemmas, information security and crisis response.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate advanced understanding of the key dynamics involved in working or researching in complex and hostile environments; (2) demonstrate advanced understanding of and responses to relevant risk, security, health and safety and travel policies and regulations; (3) demonstrate advanced awareness of and capacity to manage ethical challenges in the field; and (4) demonstrate a capability to prepare a viable fieldwork plan.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) participation and (2) written fieldwork plan. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Mickler
Unit rules
completion of 24 points of postgraduate study
approval by the unit coordinator. Students must submit a Researcher Profile Self-assessment prior to enrolment as part of an expression of interest in undertaking SOCS5911 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places.
SOCS5912 Fieldwork in Complex and Hostile Places Part 2
Approved quota: 30—this unit requires the submission of an Expression of Interest form prior to enrollment.

The unit coordinator will allocate places based on a first come first served basis.

Confirmation of enrollment will be notified to students, and unsuccessful applicants will be advised via email.
Contact hours
Approximately 96 hours (seminars: 4 days at Crawley campus; practical: 3 day intensive at field site in Perth hills).
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