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GEOG2202 Reading Landscapes: People and Processes

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geographical Sciences; Human Geography and Planning; Environmental Geography and Planning major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
Geography is fundamentally about understanding the ways in which people and the environment interact to create the complex landscapes around us. This requires an understanding of the interaction of physical and human processes across time and geographic space. This unit develops concepts, skills and knowledge that enable students to engage in this process of ‘reading landscapes' through a case study of regional development and land degradation in the wheatbelt region of Western Australia.

The unit is based on a compulsory week-long residential field trip (before Semester 2) that provides students with the opportunity to develop skills in research design, field observation and mapping, and the interpretation of field data and an appreciation of the challenges associated with managing complex landscapes. Students who do not attend the field trip before Semester 2 cannot complete the unit.
Students are able to (1) describe relationships between bio-physical, economic, social and political processes that shape landscapes across time and space; (2) apply a range of field techniques to deconstruct and interpret individual components of a landscape to accurately describe their form and characteristics; (3) analyse data from the individual component analysis to provide an integrated assessment of landscape characteristics and processes; and (4) summarise field work observations to present a synthesise report of issues identified in the field trip.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) field journal/notebook from field trip; (2) field folio; and (3) group video. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Nik Callow
Unit rules
GEOG1103 Urbanisation and Sustainability
GEOG1104 Disasters!
GEOG1106 Climate Change: Environment and Society
Approval of Unit Co-ordinator
Advisable prior study:
Recommended study of 6 points of first year Geography or equivalent
Incidental fees
Incidental student fees and charges are costs incurred by students as part of their studies at UWA that are in addition to their tuition fees (further information is available here or contact your Faculty Office).
Participation in this unit will incur the following incidental fee(s):
Field trip (estimated cost - Up to a maximum of $120 per night. Up to $600, but likely chareg is significantly lower than this figure.).
Contact hours
compulsory field trip: 5 days (before semester 2); face-to-face teaching during semester 2 follow-up sessions (5 weeks)
Costs payable for food and accommodation on the field trip.

Field trip costs are typically around $250 for the field trip, with a maximum cost of $125/night.
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.