Courses & Units

Global Geographies of Change KGA171

At present, the UTas timetable does not have the capacity to display optional live classroom activities for students who study online. Students studying KGA171 online should note, however, that we offer a dedicated weekly night workshop for online students, delivered via zoom, and high-quality virtual field trips for students who cannot attend in-person. Weekly lectures (1 hr, 2 times per week) are also offered via livestream at lunchtime so that online students can participate live if they are available during work hours.


KGA171 Global Geographies of Change introduces you to the study of geography and environment by considering the critical intersections of climate, hazards, vulnerability, and sustainability alongside pressing issues related to population, development, and territory. In this unit, you will develop an understanding of earth and human systems, employing geographical imagination and cutting-edge mapping applications to navigate the intricate global geographies of change.

You will learn via collaborative workshops, fieldwork and immersive experiences, including in-person or online field trips to coastal and vulnerable lands, and to explore landscape interpretation from indigenous scholars. You will examine environmental change through varied territorial and demographic lenses, fostering an enriched understanding of real-world challenges and ensuring that human experiences and perspectives remain at the heart of our exploration.

Our aim in teaching KGA171 is to demonstrate how the study of geography and environment can contribute to the creation of a fairer and more sustainable world. We teach in the belief that rigour and passion are a powerful combination in knowing the world so as to change it for the better. Our team are committed to offering you an enriching learning journey regardless of whether you study in person or online. We hope you find studying Global Geographies of Change relevant, interesting, challenging and exciting!


Unit name Global Geographies of Change
Unit code KGA171
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography, Planning, and Spatial Sciences
Coordinator Doctor Kathleen Beyer
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (refer to How do I withdraw from a unit? for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2024 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2024 will be available from the 1st October 2023. Note census date cutoff is 11.59pm AEST (AEDT during October to March).

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Learning Outcomes

  • describe spatial patterns and processes of global environmental and social change
  • apply geographical skills of mapping to interpret and produce spatial information
  • consider geographical arguments, contexts and evidence in assessing global debates about the environment, development and sustainability
  • communicate critical and evidence-based geographical thinking through writing, speaking, teamwork and academic integrity

Fee Information

The 2024 Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) rates are still being finalised by the Government and we will update the domestic fee information as soon as we have more details.


Mutual Exclusions

You cannot enrol in this unit as well as the following:



Teaching Pattern

Each student is expected to attend one 3-hour workshop and two 1-hour lectures per week. Additionally, it is expected that you will dedicate at least 20 hours across semester to preparing for assessments.

On-campus: 2 x 1-hr online lectorial/seminar and 1 x 3-hr on-campus workshop per week.

Off-campus: 2 x 1-hr online lectorial/seminar and 1 x 3-hr synchronous online workshop per week.

AssessmentOn-line quizzes (30%)|Workshop Portfolio (30%)|Essay and reflection (40%)
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The required text for this unit is: Dahlman, C.T. and Renwick, W.H. 2015. Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, 6th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ. Second-hand copies of earlier editions may be adequate (note that page number references on class material relate to the latest edition). The textbook is also available in the library reserve collection.

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