Introduction to Human Geography

Course code GEOG1020Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Environmental and Life Sciences

Human Geography is a diverse discipline that explains the relationships between people and places in the world we live in. In this course students develop an understanding and appreciation of the interactions between people and places through the core themes of globalisation, development, urbanisation, diversity and inequality. The course explores the ways in which global and local forces continuously shape socio-cultural and economic landscapes including cities and countrysides. Case studies are drawn from a mix of Australian and international examples. An important component of the course is the development of student skills and competences in three major areas: the use and misuse of indicators of socio-cultural and economic change; techniques for field-based analysis of controversial local issues; and the distillation and communication of key arguments from relevant academic materials. Skills and concepts developed in the course are highly useful in other subject areas and for future employment opportunities.

This is the compulsory 1000 level course for the Human Geography and the Environment major within the Bachelor of Arts program. This course will develop key geographical competencies.

In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory Workplace Health and Safety requirement. Students will receive full information on this compulsory component in the course outline provided by the school.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesThis course will:

1. Introduce key geographical concepts relating to the functioning and interaction of population, society, settlement and the development of resources.

2. Provide an understanding of the patterns and processes affecting places and their populations at a range of scales: global, national and local.

3. Develop basic geographical skills in the construction of and interpretation of maps, graphs, and methods of representing and interpretation of the landscape by class-based and field based exercises.

4. Develop transferable skills of critical analysis and evaluation of data sources, numeracy and literacy, including report and assignment writing.
ContentThis course introduces students to key subject areas in Human Geography. The subject enables students to gain an appreciation and understanding of places, their populations and society. Patterns of social, economic and cultural diversity and difference are examined from the perspective of national, international and local situations. Core components includes:
1. Geographical histories
- Indigenous geographies (pre and post European contact)
- Environmental Imperialisms
- Post-colonial geographies
2. Urban geography
- Australian urban system
- Economic shifts and urban form
- Global cities
3. Population geography
- World population
- Migration
- Australia's population
4. Cultural geography
- Places of difference
- Gendered places
- Tourist places
5. Economic geography
- Economic globalisation
- Uneven development
- Resource development
Replacing Course(s)NA
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsProblem Based Learning
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Examination: Formal
TutorialWeekly tutorial work
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Compulsory Course ComponentWHS-Safety Induction or Risk Assessment. Compulsory Course Component: In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for GEOG1020