Environmental Geography

Major/Minor/Specialisation !B-ENVS-MAJ+1026 (2016)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2016.

Year and Campus: 2016


Peter Christoff


Email: peterac@unimelb.edu.au

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The Environmental Geographies major focuses on the relationship between human activities and the natural and built environment, humanity's changing relationship with the natural environment, and with the natural 'resources' that we both need and use. Contemporary political disputes, for example, have much to do with long-held concerns over energy supplies, water, land and food.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of a three year Bachelor of Environments degree with an Environmental Geographies major, students will have developed a base of knowledge in natural systems, political economy, and cultural politics, providing students with the skills and conceptual frameworks needed to understand complex processes shaping the world around us.

Structure & Available Subjects:

112.5 points of Environmental Geographies subjects


Course planning for an Environmental Geographies major

A major in Environmental Geographies in the Bachelor of Environments consists of:

  • 37.5 points of Environmental Geographies core subjects;
  • 75 points of Major Elective subjects;


# In the first year: 12.5 points of Optional Core (or Environments Elective) required for the major.

Specific details of the Bachelor of Environments course structure can be found at: https://handbook.unimelb.edu.au/view/current/B-ENVS

Subject Options:

The following description of the Environmental Geographies major aligns with the Study Plan Structure viewable on the Portal for students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments in 2015 or later.

The components within the structure of this major have been designed to enforce the requirements of both this specific major and of the course overall, e.g. the requirement that at least 62.5 points of Environments discipline subjects (which can include subjects taken within the major) are taken at each of Level 2 and Level 3.

PRE-2015 STUDENTS: Students who commenced the Bachelor of Environments prior to 2015 should refer to the handbook entry for the year they commenced in conjunction with the 2015 handbook listings for Environments elective and Breadth subject listings. View 2014 Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry here

Level 1 Optional Core (12.5 points)

In order to complete this major, enrol in the following subject below in your first year:

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 1, Semester 2

IMPORTANT: This subject can also be taken as a Level 1 Environments Elective.

Environmental Geographies core subjects (37.5 points)

All of

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:

Major Electives & Environments Discipline subjects

Choose the total of

  1. 75 points of Major elective subjects;
  2. 37.5 points of Environments Discipline subjects


Please note these rules when choosing the Major electives & Environments Discipline subjects below

  1. Must complete 12.5 points level 2 subjects
  2. Must complete 25 points level 3 subjects

Major Electives (75 points)

Select from the list below

Study Period Commencement:
Credit Points:
Semester 2
Not offered in 2016

Environments Discipline subjects (37.5 points)

Select from this list: Environments Discipline subjects

Breadth subjects and restrictions for Environmental Geographies major students

The breadth requirements for the Bachelor of Environments include the restriction of some subjects as breadth options, depending on an individual student’s choice of major. Subjects in the Handbook that are marked as available as breadth in the Bachelor of Environments may be subject to further restrictions, depending up which major a student is completing in that course. Detailed information on these Restrictions for Breadth Options is available.

Students undertaking the Environmental Geographies major are not permitted to take as breadth:

  • any Anthropology subjects (subject codes beginning ANTH)
  • any Asian Studies subjects (subject codes beginning ASIA)
  • any Australian Indigenous Studies subjects (subject codes beginning AIND)
  • any Australian Studies subjecs (subject code beginning AUST)
  • any Criminology subjects (subject codes beginning CRIM)
  • any Development Studies subjects (subject codes beginning DEVT)
  • any Economics subjects (subject codes beginning ECON)
  • any Environmental Science subjects (subject codes beginning EVSC)
  • any Gender Studies subjects (subject codes beginning GEND)
  • any Linguistics subjects (subject codes beginning LING)
  • any Political Science subjects (subject codes beginning POLS)
  • any Psychology subjects (subject codes beginning PSYC)
  • any Social Theory subjects (subject codes beginning SOTH)
  • any Sociology subjects (subject codes beginning SOCI)

For more information on this major and to view a sample course plan please visit: http://edsc.unimelb.edu.au/sample-course-plans-bachelor-environments

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Environments

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