Bachelor of Arts (Geography) - 2018

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Course summary - 2018

Level: Undergraduate
Qualification: Bachelor Degree
Number of units: 24 units to complete
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Climate change and environmental stress more generally pose great challenges to humanity in every corner of the globe. Making human lives sustainable in such conditions involves meeting challenges which extend from securing essential food and energy supplies to developing viable settlements and social, cultural and economic institutions, as well as finding effective systems of local, national and international governance. The Geography Major explores the varied dimensions of social, economic and political change in an environmentally stressed world. It examines the threats and opportunities to developing and maintaining local communities within the context of regional, national and international processes.

Geography explores the relationships between people, places and environments. As our worlds have become increasingly interconnected, fast-paced and more complex due to technological and social change; symptoms of this speed and complexity include disconnectivity, restrictions on mobility and competition for resources. This makes Geography more relevant than ever.

You will learn how to integrate various perspectives in social research and natural science to identify practical solutions to issues surrounding: population growth; food security; migration; natural hazards; climate change; global cities; sustainable development; health and wellbeing; power and place; and, the emerging creative economies.

At the completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. apply interdisciplinary concepts and methods to understanding the environmental, social and economic aspects of development and change; extend the boundaries of knowledge about climate change
  2. think creatively to generate innovative solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges
  3. access, evaluate and synthesise information from various disciplines and integrate in order to assess human and environmental outcomes
  4. communicate effectively for the development of policy solutions that support sustainable development
  5. use of current technologies when applied to finding information and making decisions about sustainable development
  6. utilise lifelong learning skills and strategies for understanding the impact of change on human activities and the ecology
  7. describe the global context of the need for a change to sustainable development; explore best international practices for finding solutions; apply these concepts within a regional/local environment.
  8. recognise the importance of cultural diversity, including indigenous perspectives, in understanding and responding to environmental and social challenges
  9. work both independently and in teams to find effective policies and ethical solutions to environmental and social issues; show leadership as a professional practitioner or collaborator.

Enrolling in the Geography major at Curtin places you in a diverse community of students from around the world, surrounded by leading researchers working in the Southeast Asian region and Australia. There is a worldwide shortage of trained geographers, couple this with the rediscovery of the discipline in the education sector and the employment market for geographers is growing.

Geography is about being in the field and taking part. There are opportunities to learn outside the classroom and opportunities to study and work abroad. This course can help you become a Social and Environmental Planner, Natural Resource Manager or Urban and Regional Planner.

You may also find work in sustainability consultancies,community development, international development, environmental consultancies and organisations, tourism and heritage, mining, agriculture, land care, journalism, government, health and education.

To be eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) in this degree, you must be:

  • An Australian citizen residing in Australia for all or part of your studies; OR
  • A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study; OR
  • The holder of a permanent humanitarian visa will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study;
  • Able to meet the university admission criteria requirements.

Please note: You can still enrol and pay for your units via FEE-HELP or an upfront payment if you are not eligible for CSP.

Students must satisfy the following requirements in order to be eligible for entry into the degree:

  • Admission criteria
  •  English Language Proficiency (Please refer to Special Requirements section)

Admission criteria

A. Applicants with higher education study

Applicants need to meet one of the following:

  • Successful study through OUA – either:
    • Successful completion of two of the recommended eight OUA open enrolment units: APC100 and GPH100 OR GPH110 and separate evidence of English language proficiency; OR
    • Successful completion of four OUA full degree level units at pass level. (This satisfies the English language proficiency requirement.)
  • Successful completion of one full time semester (four standard units) towards an Undergraduate or higher level of study at an Australian University (separate evidence of English proficiency is not required)

Completed bridging or enabling course

Enabling courses completed through other Australian Universities which meet minimum entry requirements for that institution will be accepted as minimum entry requirements for this course

B. Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma. You may also be eligible for credit toward your university study.
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Certificate IV and evidence of English proficiency.

C. Applicants with recent secondary education (within the past two years) Australian Year 12 students

  • Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) 70 or equivalent. Students must have English ATAR, Literature ATAR or English as an Additional Language/Dialect ATAR. Mathematics Applications ATAR. Desirable Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Specialist ATAR. To determine your eligibility for entry please refer to Interstate Year 12 and IB Students, TISC Tertiary Institutions Service Centre link http://www.tisc.edu.au/static/guide/prerequisites-comparsion.tisc

D. Applicants with work and life experience

Additional information

To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, including eligibility please see Commonwealth supported places.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants need to meet Curtin's English Language proficiency requirements. You normally need ONE of the following:

  • Must have a 50% minimum in English ATAR (or equivalent).
  • Completion of at least one full time semester (or equivalent) of Undergraduate level studies at an Australian University
  • Completion of an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Diploma or Advanced Diploma or Associate Diploma
  • Successful completion of two degree level units via Open Universities Australia (OUA) and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of two degree level units at an Australian university and English proficiency
  • Successful completion of the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT). (Please note this test is valid for two years.)

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements' document at http://students.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/English_List.pdf.

You will need to successfully complete a total of 24 units. To complete this as a single major, here is a what you will need to enrol in:

  • Level 1 units: APC100, GPH100, URP100, GPH110, URP110, COM155, 2 elective units (suggest these are chosen from Level 1 units across OUA)
  • Level 2 units: GPH200, GPH210, GPH220, GPH230, 4 elective units (suggest these are chosen from Level 2 units across OUA)
  • Level 3 units: URP300, GPH300, GPH310, GPH320, 4 elective units (suggest these are chosen from Level 3 units across OUA)

Successful completion of 24 units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
To view the unit price, select the unit name. Check the box beside the unit to add it to your Study Cart.
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Academic and Professional Communications
APC100 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Culture to Cultures
COM155 CUR SP1 SP2 SP3 SP4
Human Geography
GPH100 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Governance for Planning
URP100 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Physical Geography
GPH110 CUR SP1 - SP3 -
Introduction to Planning
URP110 CUR - SP2 - SP4

There are 2 Electives in the Level 1 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Geographies of Food Security
GPH200 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Fieldwork Skills
GPH210 CUR - SP2 - SP4
Geographies of Migration
GPH220 CUR Coming in 2019
Natural Hazards
GPH230 CUR Coming in 2019

There are 4 Electives in the Level 2 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Total number of units to complete: 8 units Required Elective Optional
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Unit name Code Provider Availability
Rural Resource Planning
URP300 CUR Coming in 2019
Sustainable Livelihoods
GPH300 CUR Coming in 2019
Geographies of Health
GPH310 CUR Coming in 2019
Global Cities and Regions
GPH320 CUR Coming in 2019

There are 4 Electives in the Level 3 course structure which students can select from any OUA undergraduate units.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at http://policies.curtin.edu.au/local/docs/policy/Credit_for_Recognised_Learning_Manual.pdf.

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from http://students.curtin.edu.au/administration/documents/Application_for_CRL.pdf to opencurtin@curtin.edu.au along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit http://courses.curtin.edu.au/course_overview/admission-requirements/scanned-documents.cfm.

For further information, please contact opencurtin@curtin.edu.au.

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We recommend that all students, as soon as they are eligible, should apply for and take a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP). However, if you choose not to be a CSP student, please contact OpenCurtin via email to OpenCurtin@curtin.edu.au.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can apply for loans through the Commonwealth government's Higher Education Loan Programme (HELP), which allows you to defer your fees. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a certain level.

There are currently two types of loan:

Loan scheme Who can access it? When can I use it? How do I find out more?
Course loan
(HECS-HELP)
  • Australian citizens
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders

After you've been admitted into an application course. (That's why we call it a course loan.)

If you complete units from different universities, each university will ask you to apply for HECS-HELP.

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HECS-HELP
Unit loan
(FEE-HELP)
  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia,
    at least one unit of study
    contributing to their course
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian
    visa holders who will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who
    are undertaking bridging study
    for overseas-trained professionals
    , and will be
    resident in Australia for the
    duration of their study

When you enrol in OUA units without having been admitted into an application course.

If you're studying OUA units to become eligible to apply for this course, we recommend using FEE-HELP for them. Once you've completed the units to the required standard you can apply for the course and, once admitted, switch to the course loan (HECS-HELP).

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FEE-HELP
You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
  • Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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