- Total units 48 Units
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
- Major code GEOG-MAJ
- Academic career Undergraduate
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.
On completing the major in Geography, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Evaluate current geographic approaches to investigating a range of environment and sustainability issues and management strategies in international and Australian contexts
- Integrate knowledge relevant to geographical science and policy across disciplines
- 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
- Engage with current environment and sustainability policy debates, recognising the socio-political and cultural contexts in which they occur.
Advice to Students
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.
- Bachelor of Arts (BARTS)
- Bachelor of Arts/Master of International Affairs (BARTVMIA)
- Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) (BISSU)
- Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (Sustainability) Advanced (Honours) (AISSU)
- Bachelor of Pacific Studies (BPAST)
- Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) - Arts and Social Science (APHAR)
- Bachelor of Science (BSC)
- Bachelor of Science (Advanced) (Honours) (ASCAD)
- Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) (BSREM)
This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:
12 units from completion of the following course(s):
|Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability
|Introduction to Environmental and Social Research
A minimum of 6 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:
|Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability
|GIS and Spatial Analysis
|Environmental Measurement, Modelling and Monitoring
A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:
|Biodiversity Science: Wildlife, Vegetation and Landscape Ecology
|Weather, Climate and Fire
|Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School
|Economics for the Environment
|Sustainable Urban Systems
|Society and Environmental Change
|Vietnam Field School
|Environmental Science Field School
|Sustainable Agricultural Systems
|Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management
|Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World
|Environment, Conflict and Development in the Western Pacific
A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:
|Climate Change Science & Policy in Practice
|ENVS 3002: Sustainable Agric Practices
|Land and Catchment Management
|Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders
|Fire in the Environment
|Advanced Remote Sensing and GIS
|Climate Change Science & Policy
|International Environmental Policy
|Indigenous Peoples and Development