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ASIA 2025 - Ecological Crisis and Economic Power in Asia

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: 3210
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 12 units of level 1 undergraduate study
Incompatible: ASIA 2014 & ASIA 3014
Assessment: Contribution to class discussions, writing exercises, presentation, major essay

This course is designed to provide students with knowledge and analytical skills to comprehend the interplay between economic imperatives and human and ecological crises in the era in which we live - the Asian Century. The course mainly focuses on Japan and China. Japan became the world's second economic superpower in the 1960s and China took over some fifty years later, the same year the nuclear disaster was unleashed in Fukushima. The human and ecological devastation caused by the disaster indicates that we are at a significant crossroad for reimagining the relationships between humankind and nature. Global warming, and large-scale pollution of land, water and air in the region also indicate that environmental destruction in Asia is now a global issue. The course suits students from diverse fields including International Studies, Development Studies, Media Studies, Environmental Policy and Management, Business, Economics and Finance, Education, and Law, as well as Arts and Social Sciences,(including Asian Studies, Students who are learning, Japanese are especially encouraged to take this course). The course explores how to achieve a sustainable future by addressing three key questions: 1) What can we learn from the 50-year experience of super-modernisation in Japan to help us understand the issues arising in rapidly industrialising China: in particular by looking at social movements in Japan, which for many years have been attempting to build a better future; 2) What is the relationship between Japan's success as a super-capitalist country and the experience of those who have been marginalised in the course of its development: victims of industrial pollution, nuclear refugees, farmers and fishermen, the urban poor, the elderly, and young people alienated by the systems of education and employment; 3) What is the significance of Australia when we consider the question of sustainability in the Asian Century. It is expected that on completion of this course students will have acquired a more comprehensive understanding of the issues arising from connections between the economy and ecology, not only within the economic power houses of Asia but also in their relationships with Australia and the world. *Students enrolled in this course are eligible to apply for the short-term overseas program: The Gateway Japan Study Tour which is likely to be offered in April during the mid-semester break. Special arrangements can then be made to adjust assessment to suit.

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Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
3 0.125 Band 1 $769 Band 1 $769 select program select program

Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
3210 Mon 12/03/2012 Sat 31/03/2012 Fri 04/05/2012 Fri 08/06/2012

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13250 LE01 100 41 27 Feb - 26 Mar Monday 1pm - 2pm Ligertwood, 231, Law Lecture Theatre 1
16 Apr - 28 May Monday 1pm - 2pm Ligertwood, 231, Law Lecture Theatre 1
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
13251 WR01 25 8 28 Feb - 27 Mar Tuesday 9am - 11am Ligertwood, 420, Tutorial Room
17 Apr - 29 May Tuesday 9am - 11am Ligertwood, 420, Tutorial Room
13253 WR04 25 3 27 Feb - 26 Mar Monday 2pm - 4pm Napier, 205, Seminar Room
16 Apr - 28 May Monday 2pm - 4pm Napier, 205, Seminar Room
13254 WR05 25 5 28 Feb - 27 Mar Tuesday 1pm - 3pm Hughes, 822, Tutorial Room
17 Apr - 29 May Tuesday 1pm - 3pm Hughes, 822, Tutorial Room