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Geographers are versatile individuals who strive to build a deeper understanding of the human and physical environments in which we live.
In the Geography major, you will become familiar with the relationships between people, places and environments, and how we interact with the world around us.
You will examine the threats and opportunities posed by urbanisation, globalisation, climate change and other global issues to communities within a local, regional, national and international context. You will be encouraged to explore Indigenous rights, migration changes and social movements; find effective systems of local, national and international governance; and learn how to secure essential food and energy supplies for those in need.
You will also be encouraged to develop analytical and practical fieldwork skills. You will be taught how to conduct interviews and surveys; carry out mapping, participant observation and statistical analysis; take field notes; and write demographic reports.
Geography is offered as part of the Bachelor of Arts. You can enhance your studies with a secondary major or choose from a range of elective units to support your career goals.
When coupled with Economics you can complete this major as part of our Bachelor of Arts or our Bachelor of Commerce. Your choice will determine your core units.
You can also study this major as part of a Science and Arts double degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
How to apply
This major sits within the Bachelor of Arts degree. To apply for this major, you will apply for the Bachelor of Arts. In step 3 of the application process, you will be asked to confirm the major you wish to study.
Applying as an undergraduate student is easy. For information tailored to your situation, visit our easy to follow instructions to get your application started.
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What you’ll learn
Apply interdisciplinary concepts and methods to understanding the environmental, social and economic aspects of development and change; extend the boundaries of knowledge about climate change
Think creatively to generate innovative solutions to economic, social and environmental challenges
Access, evaluate and synthesise information from various disciplines and integrate in order to assess human and environmental outcomes
Communicate effectively for the development of policy solutions that support sustainable development
Use of current technologies when applied to finding information and making decisions about sustainable development
Utilise lifelong learning skills and strategies for understanding the impact of change on human activities and the ecology
Describe the global context of the need for a change to sustainable development; explore best international practices for finding solutions; apply these concepts within a regional/local environment.
Recognise the importance of cultural diversity, including indigenous perspectives, in understanding and responding to environmental and social challenges
Work both independently and in teams to find effective policies and ethical solutions to environmental and social issues; show leadership as a professional practitioner or collaborator.
Why study Geography Major (BA)
Enrolling in the geography major at Curtin places you in a diverse community of students from around the world, surrounded by leading researchers working in the Southeast Asian region and Australia.
There is a worldwide shortage of trained geographers, couple this with the rediscovery of the discipline in the education sector and the employment market for geographers is growing.
Geography is about being in the field and taking part. There are opportunities to learn outside the classroom and opportunities to study and work abroad.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
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You may also find work in:
Sustainability consultancies and offices
Environmental consultancies and organisations
Social and environmental planning
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