To be read in conjunction with the program of study requirements for the



The geography major provides students with a broad-based foundation in geography and allied areas. These studies also aim to develop a range of skills, including the capacity to:  

  • apply relevant geographical principles to problem solving as well as to understanding of everyday issues
  • employ the diverse research techniques used in geographical fields
  • interpret and present information about geography in appropriate ways, including communicating effectively with a variety of audiences in written, visual, and spoken form 
  • retrieve, critically analyse, and evaluate information relevant to geography and apply this knowledge to solve problems and add to knowledge
  • appreciate the multidisciplinary power of geography and engage positively with people and ideas beyond the discipline 
  • appreciate the role of geography in society and the ethical issues associated with it
  • work independently and take responsibility for updating and adapting their knowledge and skills 
  • work cooperatively and productively within a team.  

The program of studies provides the foundations that will underpin ongoing professional development, preparing graduates for further study in geography or another science or non-science related discipline, or for a career in a geography related field or in other areas where the range of skills and knowledge acquired is needed or desirable.

Learning outcomes 

On completion of their degree with a major in Geography, graduates will be able to:

  • demonstrate a coherent geographical understanding of trends, processes and impacts that shape Australian and other environments and/or societies at different spatial and temporal scales
  • demonstrate an understanding of geography as an academic discipline, including awareness of its concepts, history and principal subfields, whilst acknowledging the contested, provisional and situated nature of geographical understanding
  • apply geographical thought creatively, critically and appropriately to specific spaces, places and/or environments
  • recognise, evaluate and synthesise various views, arguments and sources of knowledge pertinent to solving environmental and social problems
  • resolve geographical questions by ethical means, applying evidence-based knowledge and appropriate research techniques, including those associated with field work
  • communicate geographical perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means
  • contribute effectively as a member or leader of diverse teams working in geographical or multidisciplinary contexts
  • reflect on and direct their intellectual and professional development as geographers.

Program of study

Major - Geography

Core - Year 1 topics

13.5 units comprising:

GEOG1001 Environment and Society (4.5 units)
GEOG1002 Human Geography: Geographies of Oppression (4.5 units)
GEOG1003 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (4.5 units)

Option - Year 1 topics

At least one of:

MATH1701 Mathematics Fundamentals A (4.5 units)   
MATH1121  Mathematics 1A (4.5 units)
NMCY1001 Academic and Professional Numeracy (4.5 units)

Core - Year 2 topics

18 units comprising:

GEOG2701 Introduction to Remote Sensing (4.5 units)
GEOG2722 Society and Space (4.5 units)
ENVS2742 Environment, Economy and Culture (4.5 units)
PPHR2721 Demography (4.5 units)

Core - Year 3 topics

18 units comprising:

GEOG3761 Caring As Country (4.5 units)  
ENVS3781 Population and Environment (4.5 units)
GEOG3701 Spatial Information Management (4.5 units)
ENVS3802 Environmental Project Planning Conduct and Management (4.5 units)

Recommended Science Electives

ENVS2712 Environmental Change and Human Health (4.5 units)
ENVS3742 Emerging Issues in Australian Environmental Management (4.5 units) 
ENVS3732 Environmental Impact Assessment (4.5 units)
GEOG2702 Image Analysis in Remote Sensing (4.5 units)
GEOG2711 Australian Environmental Change (4.5 units)
GEOG2712 Asian Regional Development (4.5 units)
GEOG3731 GIS Modelling (4.5 units)
GEOG3751 Advanced Spatial Statistics (4.5 units)

Recommended Electives

AUST1001 Australian Studies: Identities (4.5 units)
AUST1004 An Introduction to Aboriginal Studies (4.5 units)
AUST2612 Reconciliation and Indigenous Knowledges (4.5 units)
HIST1803 'The Lucky Country'? Australia and the World since 1939 (4.5 units)
HIST2016 Globalisation in World History (4.5 units)
INTR1101 Discovering Asia (4.5 units)
INTR1102 Modern Asia since 1945 (4.5 units)  
INTR1006 International Relations: An Introduction (4.5 units)
INTR2003 The Asia-Pacific in the 20th Century (4.5 units)
INTR2100 Reimagining the Global South (4.5 units)
POLI2020 Australian Indigenous Politics (4.5 units)
TOUR2101 Place, Culture and Tourism (4.5 units)
TOUR2102 Introduction to Tourism Research (4.5 units)