Southeast Asia Field School (Adv) (GEOS3953)


The unit of study can be taken only with prior permission from the unit of study coordinator. It constitutes a Field School run over a three-week period in July, prior to the commencement of the second semester. In 2015 the Field School will be held in Indonesia (Java, Sulawesi and Bali). In other years it may be held in mainland Southeast Asia (three of the Mekong countries China, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Viet Nam). The Field School focuses on three main themes; rural social, environmental and economic change; regional economic integration and its local effects; regional environmental change and natural resources governance. The Field School is run in close association with local universities, whose staff and students participate in some components of the course. Places are limited, and students interested in the 2014 Field School should indicate expression of interest to Dr Jeff Neilson by 26th September 2014.

Further unit of study information


Five pre-departure lectures during Semester 1 2014, three weeks in-country intensive involving lectures, fieldwork and field-based methods training, readings and small group discussions.


One pre-departure project proposal, one short field essay, group participation, one field-based research report, one exam.

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

6 credit points of Intermediate units of study in Geography.



Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.