GEOG2204 International Field Work in Geography

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Science students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit allows students to gain a unique perspective on contemporary geographical issues in a host country for up to three weeks under the supervision of academic staff. Host countries are likely to include Malaysia, Hong Kong, Indonesia and the United States. The unit incorporates enquiry in both physical and human geography to provide insights into patterns and processes underpinning change in a range of different settings, including natural environments, metropolitan regions and rural areas. Central themes include environmental change, conservation and management; urban development and quality of life; agrarian change and rural development; and spatial and development policy. Through the field trip, students gain in-depth insights into the complexity of geographical issues from the viewpoint of local residents and other stakeholders. In addition, they work in small groups to undertake a research project that develops methodological skills and offers the opportunity to examine a geographical issue of interest in depth. The unit includes a series of lectures prior to the field trip to set the broad environmental, economic, social and political context within which the students are immersed.
Students are able to (1) appreciate how key concepts in physical and human geography can be applied in diverse international settings; (2) understand the complex linkages between natural systems and human activities, and the associated implications for development, environmental management and planning policy; (3) critically analyse academic theory and field-based experiences to generate nuanced and sensitive insights into local patterns and processes of geographical change; and (4) apply quantitative and/or qualitative methods to undertake a small group-based research on a geographical issue of interest.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an essay (30 per cent); (2) a group presentation during the field work (20 per cent); and (3) an individual report (50 per cent). 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 Julian Clifton
Unit rules
42 points of prior undergraduate study at UWA and approval by Unit Coordinator
EART2202 International Field Work in Geography
Approved quota: 25—approval by Unit Coordinator based on an expression of interest and including the results achieved in prior study.
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):
International Field Trip (estimated cost - Estimated $3,000 for 12 nights).
The costs of travel, food and accommodation for the field trip are borne by the student.
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