Human Geography - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Availability for 2017: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Test 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Test 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,800.00
International 3,050.00

This unit provides an introduction to human geography in global, national, regional and local contexts. Main topics include: population growth; fertility and mortality; migration, voluntary and forced; spatial patterns of cultural differentiation; development of and changes in economic activity; urbanisation; and the relationships between people, resource use and the environment.

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

  1. discuss the concepts of space place and power distributions in the make-up of society
  2. examine the cultural economic and environmental dimensions of world population growth and trends
  3. critically analyse the relationships between the changing economic structure of society and the environmental impact of human activity
  4. apply critical skills in the interpretation and analysis data
  5. synthesise the analytical skills by evaluating and reporting on a specific Human Geography challenge.
  • Assignment 1 — Test 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Test 2 (20%)
  • Essay (30%)
  • Report (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction: Geography and Space-Time
2Population: Demographic Transition
3Population Aging
4Population Migration
5Globalisation and Culture Diversity
6Indigenous people and Nature Conservation
7Economic Geography: Livelihoods
8Economic Geography: Core Periphery
9Urbanisation and City Form
11Creative Destruction: Sea and Tree Change Communities
12Geography Matters

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