Introduction to Human Geography - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Essay (40%) , Quiz (20%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

Explore the fascinating field of human geography, particularly the phenomenon of social and technological change. This unit forms an excellent base if you are considering study in the environment, social sciences, arts, or sciences. You will explore specific topics including the scales of modern society; Population geography; Economic geography; Cultural geography; Settlement geography; Technology and Geographical change.

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At the completion of this unit students will have been:

  1. discuss the concepts of space place and power distributions in the make-up of society
  2. recognise the cultural economic and environmental dimensions of world population growth and trends
  3. analyse the relationships between the changing economic structure of society and the environmental impact of human activity
  4. develop skills in the interpretation and analysis of data.
  • Essay (40%)
  • Quiz (20%)
  • Report (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Geography and Space-Time
2Population (Demography)
3Population Aging
4Population Migration
5Globalisation and Culture
6Boundaries and cultural diversity
7Economic Geography: Livelihoods
8Economic Geography: Core-Periphery
9Urbanisation and City Form
11Sea and Tree Change Communities
12Geography Matters

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Online materials

  • Printable format materials
  • Resources and Links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

Click on the titles of the listed books below to find out more:

Required textbooks

  • Visualizing Human Geography: At Home in a Diverse World

    By:Alyson Greiner

    ISBN: 9781118526569


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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