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ASIA 3007 - Beyond Asian Ecological Crises

Career: Undergraduate
Units: 3
Term: Semester 1
Campus: North Terrace
Contact: Up to 3 hours per week
Available for Study Abroad and Exchange: Yes
Available for Non-Award Study: Yes
Discovery Experience Global: Yes
Pre-Requisite: At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study
Incompatible: ASIA 2025
Assessment: Workshop contribution 20%, Reflection paper 10%, Annotated bibliography & 3 minute presentation 20%, Research essay 50%

How can we overcome ecological crises in Asia? This course explores this question by focusing on China and Japan, the second and the third largest economies in the world, as their experiences are key for dealing with major socio-environmental issues, such as global warming and nuclear catastrophes. The main point of reference though is Japan. It became the world's second largest economy in the 1960s, until overtaken by China in 2011, the year of the Fukushima disaster. The social and ecological devastation caused by this nuclear catastrophe suggests that we are at a significant crossroad for rethinking the relationship between development and the environment, or rather, between humankind and nature. What can we learn from Japan's experience of intense modernisation to overcome and avert further ecological crises in China and beyond? Topics such as energy, agriculture, construction, education, employment, spiritual heritage, and urban-rural relationships, both in Japan and China will be examined. Not only the political economy of each country but also grassroots responses to socio-environmental crises will be used to analyse whether we have an adequate theoretical and philosophical foundation to rethink the human-nature nexus. The role Australia can play will also be discussed. Students in this course have an option to participate in a 10-day study-abroad program, Gateway Japan, during the mid-semester break instead of attending workshops in weeks 7-12. The program has been tailor-made for this course by Tottori University, and provides a rare opportunity to study sustainability outside of western and urban frames of reference, while experiencing the lush spring of rural Japan. The course is useful for students doing International Studies, Asian Studies, Japanese Studies, Chinese Studies, Development Studies, Media Studies, Environmental Policy and Management, International Business, Education and Law, as well as Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Social Sciences.

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Tuition Fees
Units EFTSL Pre-2010 2010 Onwards Domestic International
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Course Outline

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Critical Dates

Term Last Day to Add Online Census Date Last Day to WNF Last Day to WF
Semester 1 Mon 18/03/2019 Sun 31/03/2019 Fri 10/05/2019 Fri 14/06/2019

Class Details

Enrolment Class: Lecture
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11391 LE01 80 9 4 Mar - 8 Apr Monday 2pm - 3pm Benham, G10, Benham Lecture Theatre
29 Apr - 10 Jun Monday 2pm - 3pm Benham, G10, Benham Lecture Theatre
Related Class: Workshop
Class Nbr Section Size Available Dates Days Time Location
11392 WR01 80 9 5 Mar - 9 Apr Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room
30 Apr - 11 Jun Tuesday 3pm - 5pm Horace Lamb, 422, Teaching Room