Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia

Qualification: Undergraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: HECS-HELP may be available
FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 13 weeks
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Awarded by: Murdoch University
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About this unit

What happens when long-standing values are uprooted by modern transformation? This online unit of study explores the impact of modernisation on Asian cultures, and provides in-depth insights into one of the most powerful regions in our contemporary world.

You will study the cultural diversity of the Asian region, paying particular attention to rural communities and Indigenous minorities and the impact of tourism, agriculture and industry on their existence. This will serve to illustrate the effects of globalisation and economic development on traditional cultures and the environments they inhabit.

The complex relationship between conservation and development is examined through the disciplines of anthropology, ecology and sociology, leading you to develop your critical and analytical skills and increasing your awareness of the global environmental context.

This unit is delivered by Open Universities Australia in partnership with Murdoch University.

Eligibility

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

Areas of study

In this Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia unit, the topics you will study include:

  • Cultural ecology
  • Hunter-gatherer cultural ecology
  • Shifting cultivator cultural ecology
  • Indigenous minorities and national development policy
  • The evolution of peasant societies
  • Peasant social values: reciprocity and exchange
  • The tragedy of the commons – population/environment issues
  • The transformation of peasant society: the green revolution
  • Urban peasants or proletariat? Industrial development and pollution issues
  • Case studies in social change: The Bajau – marine environment issues
  • Case studies in social change: The Balinese – tourism development issues
  • Environment culture and development – forest conservation issues

Course pathways

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, however you may be eligible for credit, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

Gaining knowledge of the cultural and ecological make-up of Asia and its recent changes is invaluable in today’s globalised world. The skills and knowledge you will gain stretch across the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and ecology, making it relevant to a number of career paths.

The unit will provide you with:

  • Awareness of the political and cultural relationships between traditional Asian cultures and their modern counterparts
  • An understanding of the impact of development on cultural and ecological diversity
  • Skills in research and the review of historical sources
  • Analytical skills that you can apply to both historical enquiries and contemporary discussions

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Society, Culture and Ecology in Asia from Murdoch University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP is available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP for this unit, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

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You may be eligible to receive HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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