Human Geography and the Environment

Study Human Geography & the Environment at UON

As the world continues to change, an understanding of the process and patterns which cause these transformations and the impact they have on the human environment has become increasingly relevant.

A major in human geography will provide you with the skills necessary to understand contemporary challenges and their impacts on the environment and will give you the opportunity to help address these impacts.

Courses focusing on hands-on experience and fieldwork in the human geography major will equip you with essential research skills in interpreting the local environment, where you will examine processes and patterns such as:

  • Demographic and cultural change
  • Environmental governance
  • Globalisation
  • Governance and political organisation
  • Social and economic development
  • Sustainability
  • Urbanisation

What jobs can you get with a major in Human Geography & the Environment?

The Human Geography and the Environment major will equip you with a range of generic skills for further studies or future employment in a range of sectors including:

  • Community development
  • Education
  • Environmental management
  • International aid work
  • Policy development
  • Social and community planning
  • Urban and regional planning

Throughout your studies, you will be taught by staff who are active in research and hold research grants from prestigious funding organisations. Many staff members have also received awards for their excellence in teaching.

Suitable for Global Indigenous Studies students with?

  • An interest in learning about the relationship between people and the places they live.
  • Goals to understand how global and local forces shape economic and socio-cultural systems.
  • A commitment to analysing controversial issues such as social and cultural change.

What do you learn in a Human Geography & the Environment major?

Study a major in Human Geography and the Environment to learn about the interactions between people and places through the analysis of geographic issues:

  • Sustainability: Students will study the concept of sustainability and consider how this theoretical framework of sensible use has been contested by various stakeholders.
  • Social Development and the Environment: There are a range of courses which allow you to study the development of societies within specific environments. You will learn how societies form, interact with their surroundings and the processes which govern growth.
  • Globalisation: Students will focus much of their major on globalisation and how connectedness has rapidly changed economic systems and cities. Themes considered include governments, policy, markets, trade and the plight of disadvantaged groups.

Which degrees include a Human Geography & the Environment major?

You can study this major if you are undertaking one of the following degrees at UON:

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