Advancing Geography & Environmental Stud

Subject GEOG40003 (2014)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2014.

Credit Points: 6.25
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2014.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Regular meetings with the program coordinator
Total Time Commitment:

Approximately 70 hours





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:


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 produce an essay on an approved topic. Possible 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; what role can or should geography play; what are the 'hot topics' in geography? Permission to undertake this subject must be obtained from the Geography honours coordinator.

Learning Outcomes:

• 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; and
• To know the central findings of those research programs.


Seminar journal (1500 words, due by the end of the second semester of subject) 20%; 3000-word essay (due at the end of the second semester of subject) 80%

Prescribed Texts:

There is no prescribed text; references to key 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; and
• 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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