Society, Culture & Ecology in Asia - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Critical Analysis - Lecture and Reading Summaries (15%) , Invigilated Exam (35%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

This unit was previously known as ASN250 Society, Culture & Ecology in Asia.

Asia is a region of extraordinary cultural and ecological diversity.

This unit combines approaches from anthropology, sociology, and ecology to explore the 'traditional' adaptations and 'modern' transformation of cultures in the region.
The effects of globalisation and development policies on these societies will be considered, with special attention to indigenous minorities and rural communities.

The impacts of changing cultural values and social relations through the green revolution, population pressure, urbanisation, industrialisation, deforestation and tourism will also be addressed.

At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an appreciation of the cultural diversity of the Asian region
  2. demonstrate awareness of the critical relationship between cultural and ecological diversity
  3. understand complex concepts and underlying assumptions associated with culture, community organisation and environmental sustainability
  4. recognise the complex relationships between conservation and development policy
  5. understand community development and ecological sustainability issues in a range of Asian contexts
  6. apply principles of social ecology to community resource management in agriculture, fishery, forestry, tourism and small industry sectors.
  • Critical Analysis — Lecture and Reading Summaries (15%)
  • Invigilated Exam (35%)
  • Online Discussion — Online Tutorial Discussion (15%)
  • Review — Mid-Semester (35%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • ASN250 — Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia

Students must have completed 18 credit points (6 OUA units) at Level 1 before enrolling in this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Cultural ecology
2Hunter-gatherer cultural ecology
3Shifting cultivator cultural ecology
4Indigenous minorities and national development
5The evolution of peasant societies
6Peasant social values: reciprocity and exchange
7The tragedy of the commons - population/environment issues
8The transformation of peasant society: the green revolution
9Urban peasants or proletariat? Industrial development and pollution issues
10Case studies in social change: the Bajau - marine environment issues
11Case studies in social change: the Balinese - tourism development issues
12Environment culture and development - forest conservation issues

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Streaming Multimedia

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming
  • Printable format materials

This unit is an approved elective in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.
This unit does not have a prescribed textbook(s).

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