The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 2 - 2019

Learning outcomes

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

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.


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 includes:

  1. Geographical histories
  • Indigenous geographies (pre and post European contact)
  • Environmental Imperialisms
  • Post-colonial geographies
  1. Urban geography
  • Australian urban system
  • Economic shifts and urban form
  • Global cities
  1. Population geography
  • World population
  • Migration
  • Australia's population
  1. Cultural geography
  • Places of difference
  • Gendered places
  • Tourist places
  1. Economic geography
  • Economic globalisation
  • Uneven development
  • Resource development

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examination: Formal

Report: Report 2

Report: Report 1

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Critical Summary

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.