Faculty of Arts

Monash University

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHuman Geography
Monash Passport categoryInternational Short Field Experience (Explore Program)
OfferedClayton First semester 2013 (Flexible)
South Africa First semester 2013 (Flexible)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Haripriya Rangan


  • Previously coded GES3330.
  • This unit runs in alternate years. Last offered 2011, next offered in 2013.


This unit explores the concepts of regional development and sustainability, and draws attention to the practical constraints and issues associated with translating such concepts into regional policy and practice. Field-study takes place in South Africa and includes focus on topics such as: effects of commercial agriculture on soil and water quality; transnational water-sharing and flood management; ecotourism and conservation in nature parks; urbanisation, transportation and migration in environment-industry corridors; environmental education, health, and local ecological management.


By the end of this unit, students are expected to have:

  1. Knowledge on varied social and resource dimensions of problems associated

with regional sustainability;

  1. Ability to identify, describe, and interpret the concept of regional sustainability

in the context of a developing country;

  1. Practical skills and field-based experience for research and policy formulation

for sustainable regional development.


Field-study journal (2000 words): 35%
Oral presentation: 20%
Final written report (2500 words): 45%

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

Intensive field-based unit

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geographical science
Society, Cities and Sustainability


12 points of Society, Cities and Sustainability or permission