• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Major code GEOG-MAJ


Geography is a dynamic discipline that is increasingly recognised as an integral part of developing holistic approaches to contemporary problems in society and environment. The advent of products such as Google Earth and the rapid uptake of spatial technology in many facets of day-to-day life has also put geography on the public agenda. In essence, geographers study Earth's diversity, its resources, and humankind's survival on the planet. This involves analysing the associations of things and events that give special character to particular places; the interconnections between different areas; and the working of complex systems through time. Geography is the only academic discipline in which an integrative perspective focusing on spatial relationships and processes is a fundamental concern. Geography takes an integrative approach to environmental problems and their solutions, including the study of economic, cultural and social goals and processes that determine strategies for resource use and ecosystem management.

Students undertaking the major in geography are provided with a rich learning environment characterised by an exciting mix of theoretical and practical training in an applied setting. The course options in the major expose students to a diverse range of skills that are much in demand, including experiential and field-based learning, GIS and spatial technology, the principles of modeling, integrated research training, and small-group learning that draws upon the diversity of student and staff professional and cultural backgrounds. The major in geography will equip students with a thorough yet broad-based grounding in the discipline, the background to pursuing a professional career related to geography.

Learning Goals:

On completing the major in Geography, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Evaluate current geographic approaches to investigating a range of environment and sustainability issues and management strategies in international and Australian contexts
  2. Integrate knowledge relevant to geographical science and policy across disciplines
  3. Apply a range of written, oral and visual communication skills to effectively convey and discuss information about geographical science and policy in multidisciplinary contexts, and
  4. Engage with current environment and sustainability policy debates, recognising the socio-political and cultural contexts in which they occur.

Additional Information

Advice to Students

What 1st year courses should you enrol in? ENVS1001 plus a maximum of 6 units chosen from ENVS1004, ENVS1008, EMSC1006

A minor in Geography, when taken in conjunction with the Geography major, allows greater specialization in a particular area of interest. A minor or minors in Human Ecology, Environmental Policy, Development Studies and/or Sustainable Development would make a valuable complement to the major in Geography.

Science students undertaking this major in a combined degree will be restricted to courses offered or approved by Science.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Geography major.

Please note that students undertaking a Bachelor of Science in a Flexible Double Degree will only be able to choose courses with either ENVS or EMSC codes from the lists above to count towards a science degree.

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Major Requirements

This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6
ENVS1008 Sustainable Development 6
EMSC1006 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 6
INDG1001 Indigenous Peoples, Populations and Communities 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENVS2003 Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology 6
ENVS2004 Weather, Climate and Fire 6
ENVS2005 Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School 6-12
ENVS2007 Economics for the Environment 6
ENVS2010 Australia's Forests 6
ENVS2011 Human Ecology 6
ENVS2012 Sustainable Systems: Urban 6
ENVS2013 Society and Environmental Change 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
ENVS2020 Hydrology and Landforms for Natural Resource Management 6
ENVS2021 Vegetation and Soils 6
ENVS2022 Sustainable Systems: Rural 6
ENVS2025 Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
PASI2003 Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific 6
DEMO2001 Population Studies 6
DEMO2002 Population Analysis 6

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENVS3001 Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice 6
ENVS3002 Sustainable Agricultural Practices 6
ENVS3004 Land and Catchment Management 6
ENVS3005 Water Resource Management 6
ENVS3007 Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders 6
ENVS3008 Fire in the Environment 6
ENVS3010 Independent Research Project 6-12
ENVS3013 Climatology 6
ENVS3016 Special Topic 6
ENVS3020 Climate Change Science & Policy 6
ENVS3021 Human Futures 6
ENVS3026 Geomorphology: Landscape Evolution under Changing Climate 6
ENVS3028 Environmental Policy 6
ENVS3029 Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction 6
ENVS3033 International Environmental Policy 6
INDG3002 Indigenous Peoples and Development 6

A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6
ENVS2014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability 6
ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis 6
ENVS3014 Ecological Assessment and Management 6
ENVS3040 Complex Environmental Problems in Action 6
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