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290121 PS Environmental und ressource conflicts in South and Southeast Asia (2018S)

4.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 29 - Geographie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first served).


max. 25 participants
Language: German


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

No show in the first session will result in deregistration from the seminar.

Tuesday 10.04. 08:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Tuesday 24.04. 08:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Tuesday 08.05. 08:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Tuesday 05.06. 08:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409
Tuesday 19.06. 08:00 - 11:00 Hörsaal 4C Geographie NIG 4.OG C0409


Aims, contents and method of the course

Both in science as well as in popular discourse, so called environmental and resource conflicts are among the important social and security challenges of the 21st century. Struggles over the access to and the use/commodification of resources such as water, natural resources, and land are not only root causes of many armed conflicts but also have been leading to an increasing marginalization of whole communities, especially in the Global South. The discussions regarding the main causes of these developments mainly refer to the increasingly tangible effects of climate change, the expansion of multinational companies as well as the growing interest of financial markets in natural resources as investment objects. The rapid economic growth in many South and Southeast Asia countries during the last three decades has been accompanied by severe environmental degradation and pollution which caused and/or worsened a multitude of conflicts.

Based on a critical engagement with concepts and theories such as political ecology, livelihood, praxis theory, and anthropological conflict theory, this seminar will address the following questions:

What are the main drivers of environmental and resource conflicts against the background of an increased global interconnectedness?

What are the effects of environmental and resource conflicts on affected populations?

Which strategies of coping and adaption of affected populations can be observed in the context of environmental and resource conflicts?

What are possible/observable solutions for environmental and resource conflicts?

The seminar is sub-divided into two sections. In the first section, the course will jointly elaborate an analytical framework based on the concepts and theories mentioned above as well as on definitions of terms that are key to the topic, such as environment, resources, conflict, and space). In the second section, the course will jointly discuss and analyze different case studies of environmental and resource conflicts in South and Southeast Asia.

The working methods utilized in the seminar will include joint analyses and discussions of relevant texts and documents, own research of sources and materials, in class presentation of research results, and the writing of a term paper. Cooperative methods of working will be used whenever adequate and possible.

Assessment and permitted materials

The following requirements must be fulfilled to pass the course:

- regular attendance and active participation (presence in at least 80% of the sessions
- own research work
- in class presentation/participation in a panel discussion with handout (to be submitted five days prior to the presentation)
- writing of a study portfolio based on the compulsory readings (1 page/week, to be submitted on Moodle on the eve of each session)
- writing of a term paper (15 pages, to be submitted by 31 August 2018)

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Attendance in at least 80% of the session. Sick absence with a medical sickness certificate of more than 20% of the sessions can be compensated with additional assignments.

In class presentation and term paper will be marked individually, each representing 50% of the final mark. Both assignments have to be passed individually. An assignment is passed with a minimum grade of 4.

For a successful completion of the course, all study portfolios have to be submitted latest on the eve before the final session.

Grading scheme:

100 - 86 % - grade 1
85 - 71 % - grade 2
70 - 56 % - grade 3
55 - 41 % - grade 4
40 - 0 % - grade 5

An additional grading scheme for term papers can be downloaded in the Moodle course and will be explained in the first session.

Examination topics

The examination will encompass our joint analyses and discussion of relevant texts and documents, own research of sources and materials, in class presentation of research results and a term paper.

Reading list

All reading materials will be available in Moodle and/or in the reserve list shelf at the department library.

Association in the course directory

(MG-S6-PI.f) (L2-b4) (L2-b4-zLV) (L2-d2) (L2-d2-zLV) (MA UF GW 02)

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