• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Minor code GEOG-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate


Geography is a dynamic discipline that is increasingly being recognised as an integral part of developing holistic approaches to contemporary society and environment problems. The advent of products such as Google Earth and the rapid uptake of spatial technology in many facets of day-to-day life have 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 solution, including the study of economic, cultural and social goals and processes that determine strategies of resource use and ecosystem management.

Students undertaking the minor in Geography have the opportunity to explore some of the theoretical and practical perspectives geography offers. The minor in Geography will equip students with a good grounding in aspects of the discipline and will complement a wide range of majors offered across different colleges at the ANU. The minor also allows students taking the major in Geography to tailor a program that will further develop their particular interests in the discipline.

Learning Goals:

The Geography minor provides the opportunity to develop the experience 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.
  4. Engage with current environment and sustainability policy debates, recognising the socio-political and cultural contexts in which they occur, and
  5. Develop a specialisation within the discipline of Geography

Other Information

Advice to Students

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

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A minimum of 6 units from the lists below must come from one the following research methods courses:

ENVS1003: Introduction to Environmental and Social Research

ENVS2014: Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability

ENVS2015: GIS and Spatial Analysis

ENVS3014: Ecological Assessment and Management

ENVS3040: Solving Complex Environmental Problems

This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

A maximum of 6 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
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
ENVS2014 Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability 6
ENVS2015 GIS and Spatial Analysis 6
ENVS2017 Vietnam Field School 6-12
  ENVS 2020: Hydrology & Landforms for NRM
ENVS2021 Vegetation and Soils: Landscape Co-evolution and Ecology 6
ENVS2022 Sustainable Systems: Rural 6
PASI2003 Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific 6
POPS2001 Population Studies 6
POPS2002 Population Analysis 6

A minimum of 12 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
ENVS3013 Climatology 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
ENVS3040 Complex Environmental Problems in Action 6

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

Code Title Units
EMSC1006 The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science 6
ENVS1001 Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability 6
ENVS1003 Introduction to Environmental and Social Research 6
ENVS1004 Australia's Environment 6
ENVS1008 Sustainable Development 6
PASI2001 Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World 6
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