Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


1000 level

Course handbook


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 competencies 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.



  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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

2. Demonstrate understanding of processes affecting places and their populations at a range of scales: global, national and local by identifying, describing and analysing geographic phenomena.

3. Employ basic geographical skills to construct and interpret maps, graphs, and tables based on data collected from primary and secondary sources in class-based and field-based exercises.

4. Communicate key geographical concepts in a range of forms, including critical summaries and reports.


This 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 include Geographies of globalisation (including geographies of population, migration, economies, landscapes, resources and environments and Indigenous geographies) and Globalisation and urban and regional development (cities and rural spaces).



Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Critical Summary

Report: Report 1

Report: Report 2

Formal Examination: Formal Exam

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Tutorial: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions. - In order to participate in this course, students must complete a compulsory fieldwork induction.

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials will be held in computer laboratories.

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.