Advancing Geography & Environmental Stud

Subject GEOG40003 (2013)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2013.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2013:

Semester 2, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the subject coordinator
Total Time Commitment: Not available




Recommended Background Knowledge:


Non Allowed Subjects:


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:


Assoc Prof Russell Drysdale


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

Phone: 13 MELB (13 6352)

Subject Overview:

Students of this subject will undertake a course of directed reading and essay work of an approved topic. Areas of study include; what is meant by “geography”; what problems have been and are being faced by geography as an academic discipline; what makes geography valuable (or not!) as a discipline; what “matters” are compelling and in what sense; and what role can or should geography play. Permission to undertake this subject must be obtained from the Geography honours coordinator.


• To understand the current directions of research programs in geography
• To gain some grounding in the history, philosophy or scope of the discipline of geography
• To be aware of the methodological principles underlying those research programs;
• To know the central findings of those research programs.


Attendance of seminars (5%); Seminar journal (2000 words, due by the end of semester 2) 15%; 3000-word essay (80%, due at the end of the semester)

Prescribed Texts:

There is no prescribed text; some reading materials will be provided.

Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

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

• To demonstrate advanced communication skills;
• To demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex contemporary geographical debates and concepts.
• To be capable of undertaking directed research in one of those research programs.

Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Bachelor of Environments (Honours) Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures
Honours Program - Geography

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