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Geography Major  

This Major focuses on the environmental systems and socio-economic forces that underlie many major issues facing our planet and humanity, particularly the importance of managing both the natural and built environment for sustainable development. Geography helps prepare students to meet this challenge into the future. In practice, Geography provides a ‘bridge’ between the traditional social and physical sciences to focus directly on relationships between people and their environment, the spatial consequences, and the resulting regional structures that have emerged on the earth’s surface. Students will acquire essential geographical skills such as field survey techniques, map reading and interpretation satellite imagery and the use of census data. These skills are valuable for a wide range of rewarding careers such as urban and regional planning, teaching, environmental assessment and management, tourism and regional development. The Major has been designed to accommodate local and international students from diverse backgrounds, including those who have no prior learning in Geography. Geography units do not require pre-requisites, and students from other programs are invited to enrol in the Major or take individual units as electives.


The Major in Geography comprises 120 credit points (eight (8) units) selected from the units listed below, with no more than 30 credit points (two (2) units) at Level One and no less than 45 credit points (three (3) units) at Level Three.

This unit set is available on Mt Lawley Campus.
This unit set is available in the following mode of delivery - On-campus.
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Select 120 credit points from the following:
GEO1104 Introduction to Geography: Environment, Space, Place 15
GEO1105 Contemporary Landuse Issues: Landscapes, Communities and Sustainability 15
GEO3121 The Art and Practice of Dwelling 15
GEO3123 Physical Geography: Landforms and Landscapes 15
GEO3124 A Planet Transformed: Biogeography, Ecology and Conservation 15
GEO3126 Geography of Tourism and Recreation 15
GEO3127 People and Global Environmental Issues 15
GEO3129 Case Studies in Geography 15
CCA3101 Environmental Humanities 15
SAN3123 Travel, Trade and Tourism: Anthropological Perspectives 15
SAN3124 Cities, Civilisations, Suburbs and 'Community' 15
Up to 30 credit points can be substituted from within the Bachelor of Arts (eg, HIS3101 Human Rights: Struggles for Global Justice)
Select up to 30 credit points selected from the following:
ACS2122 Aboriginal Perspectives on the Environment 15
CMM3119 Case Studies in Communications 15
LSC3105 Eco-recreation Interpretation 15
PLN2601 Principles of Urban Design 15
PLN3600 Strategic Urban and Regional Planning 15
PLN3601 Statutory Planning 15
SCM2104 Geographical Information Systems 15
TSM3107 Ecotourism III 15
Please note: Not all units are available in each semester. Normally, level one units are available each year, but upper level units are offered on a two year rotation. Students need to plan their progression in consultation with the Geography Program Coordinator to ensure that they are able to complete their studies in a timely way.

Students are encouraged to select units that appropriately support their chosen career pathway. They may also wish to take advantage of an agreement for cross-institutional enrolment in Geography that exists between Edith Cowan University, Curtin University of Technology and the University of Western Australia. With the prior agreement of the Geography Program Coordinator, students are able to substitute Geography units from these other institutions into the ECU Major.

GEO3129 provides opportunities for an extended research project that could include a work placement, subject to approval from the Course Coordinator.

Last Updated - Higher Education: 30/04/2009 VET: 30/04/2009