Environmental Geography

Bachelor of Environments

Environmental Geography combines knowledge of natural environments with an understanding of how human societies work in order to address a range of issues and problems associated with environmental management.

You will explore ideas of nature and ‘naturalness’, such as the ways in which nature is enclosed, exploited, protected or traded, and the main theories and methods used in examining environmental and development problems. You will also analyse policy options for those concerned with environmental management in both developed and developing countries.

The major combines philosophical and “applied geography” approaches with a strong environmental focus. Geographers study the spatial distribution of different objects (languages, soils, climate, species, economic activities, transportation routes, etc.) and seek to understand the causes and consequences of spatial variation.

Honours

Once you complete your major in Environmental Geography you will have the option of undertaking a fourth-year honours program which includes a research project. Entry to honours is based on undergraduate results.

Course Plans

The Environmental Geography Handbook entry stipulates the complete requirements for the Environmental Geography major. Always use the University Handbook as your primary course planning tool.

Commenced 2016

Semester 1 intake

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10012 Changing Melbourne

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOG20001 Society and Environments

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

GEOG30019 Sustainable Development

(capstone)

Major Elective

Major Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points


Commenced 2015

Semester 1 intake

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOG20001 Society and Environments

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 1

GEOG30019 Sustainable Development

(capstone)

Major Elective

Major Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 2

Major Elective

Major Elective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Semester 2 Intake

Year 1
Semester 2

ENVS10001 Natural Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 1
Semester 1

ENVS10002 Reshaping Environments

Level 1 Environments elective

Level 1 Environments elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 2

Major Selective

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 2
Semester 1

GEOG20001 Society and Environments

GEOG20003 Environmental Politics and Management

Environments Elective

Breadth

Year 3
Semester 2

Major Selective

Major Selective

Major Selective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

Year 3
Semester 1

GEOG30019 Sustainable Development

(capstone)

Major Selective

Environments Elective

Breadth OR
Environments Elective

  First-year subjects   Major subjects   Elective subjects   Breadth subjects   Free points

Environmental Geography Level 2  Major Electives (25 points)

  • Famine: The Geography of Scarcity
  • Ecology
  • Understanding Global Landforms
  • Inside the City of Diversity
  • Landscapes and Diversity
  • China in Transition
  • Environmental Change Field Class
  • Australian Environmental Philosophy

Environmental Geography Level 3 Major Electives (50 points)

  • Environmental Economics
  • Coastal Landforms and Processes
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • China Field Class
  • The Disaster Resilient City
  • River Ecology and Ecosystem Management
  • Global Climate Change in Context
  • Africa: Environment, Development, People
  • Biogeography and Ecology of Fire

Environments Electives

Environments electives are subjects approved as Environments discipline subjects in the Bachelor of Environments. The full list of Environments electives is available here.

Breadth

Students should refer to the Bachelor of Environments Handbook entry for details of breadth requirements and to access a complete listing of available breadth subjects.

Breadth restrictions in the Environmental Geography major

Due to the Environmental Geographies, Politics and Cultures major falling under the socio‚Äźcultural category, students are not permitted to take social science subjects (including anthropology and social theory, development studies, psychology, international studies, Asian studies, Australian indigenous studies, Australian studies, linguistics, cultural studies, criminology, sociology and political science) as breadth.

Refer to the Environmental Geography handbook entry for full details.


Career Outcomes

Graduates of this major find employment in a range of organisations and in government, specialising in areas such as biodiversity conservation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster risk management, international development, and natural resource management. Students may also wish to pursue graduate study in areas such as geography and the environment.

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