Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] major

This major focuses on the ways that people inhabit, use and alter environments across different geographical contexts. It provides students with an understanding of how different environments are able to respond and plan for sustainable futures. This requires a detailed knowledge of principles of environmental planning and design, and how these can be applied to diverse situations. This course provides students with skills in data collection and analysis, spatial planning, land use assessment and landscape design, all of which are essential tools in this field.

Throughout the major there may be opportunities for domestic field trips, including overnight field trips. In addition, students can opt to participate in exciting overseas fieldwork units, with recent destinations including Bali, Barcelona and Seattle. Studying this major provides pathways to professional accredited degrees, notably the Master of Landscape Architecture, the Master of Urban Design, the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and the Master of Environmental Planning. Careers in this major are diverse, and include roles in the private sector, government and not for profits, both within Australia and internationally.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) Explain the processes that influence the organisation of human settlement and land use at a range of scales, from global to local; (2) Analyse the role of planning in shaping the economic, social and ecological characteristics of cities, regions and natural environments; (3) Demonstrate an understanding of the methods, policies and approaches used to address the planning and design of natural and human environments; (4) Undertake qualitative, quantitative, primary and secondary data collection and analysis procedures essential to geographic inquiry and environmental planning; and (5) Communicate environmental planning perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means.

Degree-specific major

Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP011
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GEOG1103 Coastal Cities: Geographical Perspectives
S1 URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
NS GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Prerequisites:
GEOG1103 Coastal Cities: Geographical Perspectives
OR
GEOG1104 Disasters!
OR
GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society
OR
Approval of Unit Co-ordinator
S1 LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
and
ARLA1000 Design Studio--Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
S2 LACH2050 Plants and Landscape Systems
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
or
one of the following: BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology, EART1104 Discovering Earth (formerly Introduction to Geology), EART1105 The Dynamic Planet, SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
72 points of study
Incompatibility:
PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
S1 GEOG3305 Urban Planning and Design
Prerequisites:
GEOG2205 Geographies of Economic Development
and
GEOG2206 Social Geography and Planning
Incompatibility:
PLNG3302 Urban Design for Planners
N/A GEOG3310 Fieldwork in Environmental Geography and Planning
Prerequisites:
GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Incompatibility:
GEOG3302 Geographic, Environment and Planning Fieldwork

Choosing your degree-specific major

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how the Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be included in the course.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. or Bachelor of Science course, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

The following example illustrates how the Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] degree-specific major can be combined with a second major in the course.

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] can also be taken as a second major.

Second major

Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] can be taken as a second major in the following degree courses:

Overview of unit sequence

The Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] second major is a single major comprising:

  • two Level 1 units
  • four Level 2 units
  • four Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2020; NS = non-standard teaching period

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2021 or 2022.

Level 1

Second major units
Take all units (12 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 GEOG1103 Coastal Cities: Geographical Perspectives
S1 URBD1000 Introduction to Urban Design

Level 2

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
Prerequisites:
36 points of prior study
Incompatibility:
EART2201 Geographic Information Systems
NS GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Prerequisites:
GEOG1103 Coastal Cities: Geographical Perspectives
OR
GEOG1104 Disasters!
OR
GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society
OR
Approval of Unit Co-ordinator
S1 LACH2000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Considerations
Prerequisites:
ARLA1040 Techniques of Visualisation (formerly IDES1040 Techniques of Visualisation)
and
ARLA1000 Design Studio--Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
S2 LACH2050 Plants and Landscape Systems
Prerequisites:
ARLA1000 Design Studio—Groundings (formerly LACH1000 Landscape Architecture Studio—Groundings)
or
one of the following: BIOL1131 Plant and Animal Biology, EART1104 Discovering Earth (formerly Introduction to Geology), EART1105 The Dynamic Planet, SCIE1104 Science, Society and Data Analysis

Level 3

Second major units
Take all units (24 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 GEOG3301 Advanced GIS and Remote Sensing
Prerequisites:
GEOG2201 Geographic Information Systems
S2 GEOG3303 Environmental Policy and Planning
Prerequisites:
72 points of study
Incompatibility:
PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning
S1 GEOG3305 Urban Planning and Design
Prerequisites:
GEOG2205 Geographies of Economic Development
and
GEOG2206 Social Geography and Planning
Incompatibility:
PLNG3302 Urban Design for Planners
N/A GEOG3310 Fieldwork in Environmental Geography and Planning
Prerequisites:
GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes
Incompatibility:
GEOG3302 Geographic, Environment and Planning Fieldwork

Choosing a second major

The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you the option of including a second major. You have the choice to either nominate your second major when you first enrol in the course or delay it until your second year. For a major to be recorded on your academic record it must be nominated before the requirements of the course are completed.

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

The following example illustrates how Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] can be included as a second major in an undergraduate degree course.

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .

Environmental Geography and Planning [not available in 2020] can also be taken as a degree-specific major.