• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Development Studies, Environmental Studies
  • Minor code GEOG-MIN

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 Outcomes

  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

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

As an exception, courses listed in this minor but not listed in the Science course list will contribute towards the 96 unit Science requirement for students completing the minor.

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

6 units from the completion of a course from the following list:

EMSC1006 - The Blue Planet: An Introduction to Earth System Science (6 units)

ENVS1001 - Environment and Society: Geography of Sustainability (6 units)

ENVS1003 - Introduction to Environmental and Social Research (6 units)

ENVS1004 - Australia's Environment (6 units)

ENVS1008 - Sustainable Development (6 units)

PASI2001 - Pacific Studies in a Globalizing World (6 units)

A maximum of 6 units from completion of a course from the following list:

ENVS2004 - Weather, Climate and Fire (6 units)

ENVS2005 - Island Sustainable Development: Fiji Field School (12 units)

ENVS2007 - Economics for the Environment (6 units)

ENVS2011 - Human Ecology (6 units)

ENVS2012 - Sustainable Urban Systems (6 units)

ENVS2013 - Society and Environmental Change (6 units)

ENVS2014 - Qualitative Research Methods for Sustainability (6 units)

ENVS2015 - GIS and Spatial Analysis (6 units)

ENVS2017 - Vietnam Field School (6-12 units)

ENVS2020 - Water Science (6 units)

ENVS2025 - Indigenous Cultural and Natural Resource Management (6 units)

DEMO2001 - Population Studies (6 units)

DEMO2002 - Population Analysis (6 units)

PASI3013 - Environment and Development in the Pacific (6 units)

A minimum of 12 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ENVS3004 - Land and Catchment Management (6 units)

ENVS3005 - Water Management (6 units)

ENVS3007 - Participatory Resource Management: Working with Communities and Stakeholders (6 units)

ENVS3008 - Fire in the Environment (6 units)

ENVS3013 - Climatology (6 units)

ENVS3020 - Climate Change Science & Policy (6 units)

ENVS3021 - Human Futures (6 units)

ENVS3028 - Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS3029 - Palaeo-Environmental Reconstruction (6 units)

ENVS3033 - International Environmental Policy (6 units)

ENVS3040 - Complex Environmental Problems in Action (6 units)

INDG3001 - First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

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