GEOG1103 Coastal Cities: Geographical Perspectives

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 1 core unit in the Geographical Sciences; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 1 elective
One of the major environmental and social challenges facing humanity is the rapid growth of global cities in fragile ecological settings, particularly those in coastal areas. This unit therefore focuses on the development of urban environments and their relationship to both society and the natural context within which they are found, with the coastal context providing a unifying theme. The processes being examined within the unit are the essential drivers of globalisation, including migration, economic development, resource usage and sustainability. Case studies involve cities at an international scale, including both the developed and developing world, in order to provide detailed comparison and identification of the contrasting outcomes of urbanisation for human societies. This reflects the expertise of the teaching staff who have undertaken work in Asia, Latin America, Europe and the USA in addition to Australia. This unit therefore specifically and directly addresses globalised and culturally diverse environments within which graduates will be living and working.

The unit is designed to encourage reflective thinking and participatory activity on behalf of all students. Through a strong and consistent process of using examples and case studies to illustrate and amplify issues, coupled with a high priority on fieldwork and out of class activities, this pedagogical approach to active learning achieves the learning outcomes while also providing a high quality learning experience for all student backgrounds.
Students are able to (1) apply core geographical concepts regarding human and physical processes in coastal areas; (2) develop a primary geographical data set through field data collection; (3) analyse and effectively communicate spatial demographic and environmental data; (4) demonstrate leadership and teamwork skills through working in groups on problem-based learning and research scenarios; and (5) evaluate the nature, implications and sustainability of human-environment interactions in coastal cities.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) lab portfolio; and (3) fieldwork group asssessment. 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 Sarah Prout Quicke
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hour per week from week 1 to 8; tutorials: 2 hours per week from week 2 to 12; field work: 8 hours on week 8
Unit Outline
Semester 1-2020 [SEM-1-2020]
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