Mobile Worlds

Subject GEOG30020 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour lecture and a 1-hour tutorial per week
Total Time Commitment: Not available
Prerequisites: Usually completion of 100 points of first and/or second year subjects including at least 50 points at first year level from approved subjects in your home faculty.
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website:


Melbourne School of Land & Environment Student Centre
Ground Floor, Land & Food Resources (building 142)

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview: This subject takes as its starting point the recognition that contemporary forms of human mobility are reshaping lives, cultures and economies across the globe. The subject explores the ways in which these mobile flows are creating new places and types of space, as well as giving rise to transnational politics and cultures. A number of different forms of mobility are examined, including temporary worker migration, permanent resettlement, diasporic and nomadic communities, various tourisms and everyday mobilities like walking, driving and cycling. Along the way, this subject introduces a number of theoretical frameworks for understanding the relationship between mobility and citizenship, the nation-state, the tourism destination, home, the city, landscape, everyday practices and affects, new technologies and the human body.
Objectives: N/A
Assessment: A ten-minute tutorial presentation equivalent to 1000 words (during semester, 10%), a 1000-word field-based practical report (due during semester, 30%) and a 2000-word essay (due at the end of semester, 60%).
Prescribed Texts: N/A
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

Students who complete this subject will:

  • have an understanding of the theoretical issues relevant to contemporary thinking about mobility in the modern world;
  • have an understanding of the social construction of difference, mobility and a sense of place.
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Development Studies
Development Studies Major
Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major
Environments Discipline subjects
Geography Major
Social Theory Major

Download PDF version.