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Unit Overview


Everything on the earth exists in some place and time. As such, location is an important part of understanding the nature of a phenomenon and its relationships with other aspects of a system. In human systems, by considering people in their spatial and temporal contexts we can make informed decisions concerning how humans interact (or have interacted) with their environment. Understanding that humans and their environment are inextricable linked, social science disciplines such as Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Sociology have embraced the use of spatial analytic techniques to examine human–environment interactions across space and time.

This unit exposes students to current and emerging approaches to examining human–environment interactions in the past, present and future. Themes include sociocultural, economic, and political uses of landscape and environment; regional, intra-regional and intra-site spatial analysis; and sociocultural networks, interactions and mobility. Through studying the unit, students gain experience in examining how various components of the human system have been influenced by the natural environment across both space and time.

6 points

Students are able to (1) understand a range of applications of geographic information system (GIS) and spatial analysis in the social sciences; (2) apply socio spatial analytic techniques such as social surface analysis, density measures and predictive modelling; and (3) conduct advanced analysis of human–environment interactions across both time and space.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a laboratory portfolio; (2) an individual project; and (3) a presentation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Tom Whitley
Unit rules
ENVT4411 Geographic Information Systems Applications
Contact hours
lectures: 1 hour per week
labs: 2 hours per week
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  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.