AIG103 - People, Place and Environment: Introduction to Human Geography


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125




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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150-hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud (online)

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including; 
1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided),
1 x 1-hour seminar per week and one full-day excursion (7-hours per trimester)

In-person attendance requirements

Excursion: One full day in the field (7-hours per trimester)


This unit will introduce students to the many components of the human-environment relation explored by Human Geographers. Beginning with the notion of a “natural disaster”, it will focus on those economic, social and cultural dimensions which shape the perception and management of a disaster. From this global starting point, the unit will consider the emergence of industrial and urban societies, the dissemination of such economic and spatial systems to create patterns of uneven development and contemporary debates around national and local inequality, human mobility and sustainability. Study will occur through both abstract and field-based studies. Students will emerge with an array of skills (cartographic, statistical, observational), geographical knowledge and engage in contemporary debates around socio-spatial inequality, the human-nature-animal divide and the future of human settlements.

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