GEPL112 Where in the World? Australia's Human Geography

Updated: 18 February 2019
Credit Points 6
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The paper-based exam will be held at an established exam venue, and coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites None
Co-requisites None
Restrictions GeoPlan100 or GEPL104
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Neil Argent (
Unit Description

Australia is increasingly being influenced by far-reaching economic, demographic and social processes, many of which originate elsewhere in the globe. This unit explores the ways in which Australian urban and rural regions are being impacted by these global dynamics but also explores how, in turn, rural and urban communities interpret and influence these changes. This unit investigates some of the most important issues currently confronting Australian society: the population/ecological (im)balance; the ongoing restructuring of key Australian industries such as mining, manufacturing and agriculture; the declining fortunes of country towns; and the social, economic and ecological issues facing Australian cities. Students will develop an understanding of the core concepts, techniques and practices of human geography through the unit's exploration of how 'real' urban and rural places are made out of a combination of the local environment and past and present patterns of economic development, population change, and social and cultural practices.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate how economic, demographic, social and ecological forces interact to influence the nature and location of human activity in Australia;
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the patterns of development that are occurring in Australia;
  3. recognise the impact of change at a variety of geographic scales; and
  4. demonstrate a proficiency in foundation level geographic, research and communication skills.