2017 Undergraduate Courses
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Human Geography | 2017


This major is for students in the Bachelor of Social Science and assumes separate completion of human geography subjects that are part of the core requirements for that degree. 

Human Geography is a social science that focuses on space, place and people. Human Geography examines the interaction of human societies with the biophysical environment. It analyses a diversity of cultural, economic, political and social processes across different geographical scales. The course explores 6 key themes:

  • life in a globalising world;
  • the material world;
  • environmental knowledge and management;
  • rural and regional places;
  • urban worlds; and
  • thinking spatially.

Geography is crucial to understanding a number of key contemporary concerns including: sustainability, climate change, population movements and social inequalities. Fieldwork is used to explore these themes through the use of case studies; it gives students the opportunity to consider issues of social justice and ethics, and develop transferable work skills. Job opportunities include various research officer positions within corporate, non-governmental agencies and municipal, State and Commonwealth Departments and agencies.

Subjects Required for Major Study

A major in Human Geography requires the successful completion of at least 48 credit points of subjects in accordance with the table and recommended progression below. Note: a maximum of one subject may be cross counted with the core requirements of the Bachelor of Social Science.

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
Year 2
GEOG231 Maps and Apps for Social Scientists 6 Spring
Plus ONE of the following two subjects:
EESC103 Earth's Dynamic Surface 6 Autumn
GEOG241 Urban Geographies: Just and Sustainable Cities? 6 Spring
And at least 12 credit points from the following:
GEOG222 Society and Environment: Resources, Challenges, Futures 6 Spring
GEOG224 The Future of Food: Resilience, Communities and Policy 6 Spring
GEOG251 Disaster Geographies: Risk, Policy, Management 6 Autumn First Offered 2018
Year 3
GEOG336 Qualitative Research Design for Social Scientists 6 Autumn
GEOG338 Planning Urban Futures 6 Autumn
GEOG337 Environmental and Heritage Management 6 Spring
GEOG353 Qualitative GIS 6 Spring

The following subjects are recommended for students who have elective space in their program.

Recommended Electives

Subject Code Subject Name Credit Points Session(s)
100 Level
EESC101 Planet Earth 6 Autumn
GEOG123 Indigenous Geographies: Questioning Country 6 Spring
SCIE103 Climate Change 6 Spring
200 Level
EESC203 Biogeography and Environmental Change 6 Autumn
STS 216 Environmental Sociology and Politics 6 Spring
300 Level
GEOG339 Geographies of Change: International Fieldwork Intensive 6 Summer
INDS302 Indigenous Thinkers: Global Perspectives 6 Spring First Offered 2018
STS 304 Body Politics: Contemporary Issues in Social Science & Medicine 6 Spring First Offered 2018

Credit Arrangements

Credit and articulation arrangements are available from the Course Finder. Refer to UOW's credit arrangements for information on how to apply for credit.

Other Information

Further information is available at:
UOW Course Finder
Email: ssc@uow.edu.au

Last reviewed: 8 November, 2016