ASIAN ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORIES: ELEPHANTS, EMPIRES AND EPIDEMICS

HIS2ASR

2020

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Over three and a half billion people live on the Asian continent. In this subject, you will discover how this concentration of humanity occurred, and explore the consequences. Some of the earliest civilisations developed next to Asia's rivers. Then, as now, the peoples of Asia were reliant on Monsoonal rains and Himalayan ice-melt for their agriculture. But as the human population increased,other creatures retreated, especially the wild elephants that once inhabited much of Asia. Along with the continent's largest creatures, we examine its smallest: the bacteria and viruses that hitched rides with travelling armies, creating deadly epidemics. We focus on three case studies: the Mongol Empire (13th-14th Centuries) and the Bubonic Plague; the British Empire(18th-20th Centuries) and Malaria; and the Japanese Empire and tuberculosis.You will debate key concepts in Asian and Environmental Histories: the relationship between humans and the natural world, the role empires and nation-states have had on both human and natural history, and the complex interdependent systems that underpin these interactions.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorRuth Gamble

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 60 credits of level 1 subjects or subject coordinator's approval

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Demonstrate and apply detailed understanding of human/environmental impacts, and the concepts of empires and power.

Activities:
Lectures, tutorials, assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Develop creative, critical and analytical skills to understand and address problems of the relationship between humans and the environment in the context of Asia.

Activities:
Tutorial activities, assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Demonstrate high-level, ethical, professional and culturally aware communication skills

Activities:
Tutorial discussions, written assignments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)

04. Conduct historical research into complex problems relating to environmental histories, considering ethical implications and multiple perspectives

Activities:
Tutorial activities and assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Navigate, critically assess and utilise information from a range of sources, primary and secondary, relevant to the field of Asian environmental history

Activities:
Lectures, tutorial activities and assessments
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking,Inquiry/Research)
Personal and Professional Skills (Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2020, Semester 1, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRuth Gamble

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 10 - 22
Twelve 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Tutorial activities (equivalent to 800 words)Activities could include a combination of short primary source analyses, responses to readings and comprehension checks.20 01, 05
Essay (1,600 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05
Take-Home Exam (1,600 words)40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05