Course Title: Human Geography

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Human Geography

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


City Campus


145H Mathematical & Geospatial Sciences


Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Professor John Handmer

Course Coordinator Phone: 9925 2307

Course Coordinator Email:

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course introduces you to the geographical aspects of human-environment systems. Human geography is a broad field with three principal themes: space, place, and interaction. Students will study spatial organisation of human activities with particular emphasis on development, globalisation and environmental change. The course provides background knowledge for further study in Geospatial Science and/or in Regional and Urban Planning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

On completion of this course you should be able to:

1. Articulate and apply key concepts in human geography, including space, place and scale;
2. Analyse the distribution, growth and mobility of human population and its resultant imbalances;
3. Discuss differences in human development and investigate how geographical factors influence these differences;
4. Identify and elaborate processes of globalisation and investigate how they are transforming the world at multiple scales;
5. Explain the relationship between development, globalisation and environmental change, and investigate spatial variations in their impacts.

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes in BH117 Bachelor of Science (Geospatial Science) (Honours):

3.1 Design and implement creative solutions to complex problems.
3.2 Interpret and critically analyse results and make informed judgments on the appropriateness of solutions.
3.3 Apply critical and analytical skills in a scientific and professional manner.
4.1 Communicate effectively by means of oral, written and graphical presentations to peers and a wider audience
6.1 Be self-motivated and personally responsible for your actions and learning
6.2 Work with others and contribute in a constructive manner to group and team activities. 6.3 Professionally manage and use information

Overview of Learning Activities

This course provides students with opportunities to learn key concepts in human geography and apply them to real-world problems and issues such as uneven development, globalisation and environmental change. All learning activities have been designed and developed to help students to achieve the learning outcomes of this course.
Lectures and reading materials will introduce students to key concepts and issues in human geography. Students will develop their critical thinking through class discussions and their writing skills through a series of written assessments.
Where possible, learning materials will be posted on the Blackboard. Learning is also supported through the use of an interactive ‘Google site’ where additional materials and discussions will be posted.
Eight hours per week (two hours face-to-face contact, six hours learner directed)

Overview of Learning Resources

There are no required texts for this course. Students will be provided with lecture and reading materials during lectures. Where possible, materials will be posted on the Blackboard and Google site.
A library subject guide is available at:

Overview of Assessment

☒This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:


Early Assessment Task:  Lab report
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 3

Assessment Task 2:  Essay plan
Weighting 20%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 3: Essay
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment 4: Class test
Weighting 30% 
This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5