To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the degree in which you are enrolled:

A student may complete a major sequence of 36 units in Geography by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) and two Year 3 topics (9 units) plus two additional topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed in the program of study below.

A student may complete a minor sequence of 22.5 units in Geography by completing two Year 1 topics (9 units), two Year 2 topics (9 units) plus and additional topic (4.5 units) from the Year 2  or Year 3 Topics listed in the program of study below.

A student may complete an extended major sequence in Geography by completing the prescribed major topics (36 units), plus an additional two topics (9 units) from the Year 2 or Year 3 topics listed below.

An extended major in Geography is not available to students enrolled in the double Bachelor of Education/Bachelor of Arts degrees.

Course aims

The major in Geography aims to develop an understanding of the importance of space and place as dimensions of human activity at local, national and global scales and an appreciation of the complex relationships between people and their environments.

It also aims to produce graduates with a sound set of skills in collecting analysing and interpreting spatial data, communicating results effectively and applying geographical insights to the solution of social and environmental problems. 

Learning outcomes

Graduates with a major in Geography will be able to:

  • demonstrate a sound understanding of the key geographical concepts and theories that apply to the interconnection between people, environments and places, and to the importance of space and place as dimensions of human activity
  • collect, analyse and interpret spatial data relating to both human activity and the biophysical environment
  • use a wide range of information and knowledge in the search for understanding of the world, its places and people
  • apply geographical insights to the solution of social and environmental problems
  • communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • appreciate the importance of ethical behaviour in scholarship and professional activity.

Program of study

The following is the program of study for a 36 unit major sequence in Geography and should be read in conjunction with the course rule for the degree in which you are enrolled.

Major - Geography

Year 1 topics

 GEOG1001  Water Resources and Society  (4.5 units)
 GEOG1002  Cities as Human Environments  (4.5 units)

Year 2 topics

Select one of

 GEOG2700  Geographical Information Systems  (4.5 units) 
 GEOG2721  Computing Methods in Geography  (4.5 units)

plus 9 units from the year 2 topics listed below

 GEOG2701  Introduction to Remote Sensing  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2711  Australian Environmental Change  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2712  Asian Regional Development  (4.5 units)
 GEOG2722  Society and Space  (4.5 units)
 PPHR2721  Demography  (4.5 units)

Year 3 topics

Select 9 units from the year 3 topics listed below 

 ENVS3711  Coastal Studies  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3702  Cities, Geography and Policy  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3741  Regional Development  (4.5 units)
 GEOG3751  Advanced Spatial Statistics  (4.5 units)

plus an additional 4.5 units from the year 2 or 3 topics listed above.

Note:

  • Bachelor of Applied Geographical Information Systems Students can not undertake GEOG2700, GEOG2701 or GEOG3751 as part of their Arts major in Geography.
  • Bachelor of Education (Middle and Secondary), Bachelor of Health Sciences students undertake an 18 unit teaching minor consisting of: 9 units of Year 1 topics plus 9 units of Year 2 or Year 3 topics (where the entry requirements are met).

Honours

Refer to the Honours - Geography