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 major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Natural Resource Management; Human Geography and Planning major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Management and Commerce, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 additional unit in the Human Geography and Planning second major sequence
  • 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 Geographies of a Global City
GEOG1104 Disasters! or
similar prior study as approved by the Unit Coordinator (such as 6 points of first year Geography
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)
There is a maximum cost of $600 per student ($125/night for 5 nights) payable for food and accommodation on the field trip

Students who have previously taken PLNG2203 Environmental Policy and Planning (pre-2016) do not need to complete this unit as part of their major, but are able to enrol in this unit.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.