Rural and Agricultural Geography of the Pacific Islands

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Rural and Agricultural Geography of the Pacific Islands

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Geography, Pacific Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites


  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    A study of past, present, and future development and utilisation of rural and agricultural landscapes and natural resources in the Pacific region. The course includes a major research project, a three-day field trip to a rural village or area, and over 20 guest lecturers from appropriate government departments, private industry, and other educational institutions.
    Topics of study include the nature of Pacific Island rural resources and environments, past and present use, and ecological change, development processes related to the rural Pacific and developmental alternatives, case studies and evaluation of rural development strategies, the impact of modern development on rural societies and existing agricultural and resource-use systems, the planning process and techniques of rapid rural assessment.

Course Disclaimer

Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.

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