Courses & Units

Global Geographies of Change KGA171

Cradle Coast, Launceston, Hobart


Due to the circumstances around COVID-19, you will begin your semester 2 studies online in 2021. However, when Government guidelines change, on-campus studies will be reintroduced.


This unit is offered on campus in Hobart, Launceston and Cradle Coast, with lectures all available as web-based delivery.


This introduction to geography and environmental studies, KGA171 Global Geographies of Change integrates physical and social science inquiry. You study earth evolution, human development and their interaction, in light of questions about sustainability. You apply this knowledge to issues of vital importance around the world and in Tasmania, including climate change, population change, inequality, food security, natural hazards and globalisation. Interactive workshops enable you to explore these issues through training in mapping and fieldwork, and group projects, scenario building and class debates. Knowledge and skills developed in this unit can be applied in a wide variety of professions including environmental science and management, social policy and planning, spatial science, international development and nature conservation. Students wishing to enrol in second and third year units in Geography and Environment should also take KGA172 Space, Place and Nature in Semester 2, which can be taken before KGA171 for mid-year entry students.
Our aim in teaching KGA171 is to demonstrate how the study of Geography 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. Please contact staff if you have any questions or comments. 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 Associate Professor Aidan Davison
Teaching staff Doctor Andrew Harwood|Doctor Emma Pharo|Associate Professor Joanna Ellison|Doctor Melinda McHenry
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Introductory


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* 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 (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2021 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2021 will be available from the 1st October 2020.

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Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate basic geographical knowledge of environmental and social systems and spatial patterns of change;
  • apply geographical skills to create and interpret basic maps, graphs and field data;
  • identify and analyse different viewpoints to contribute to debates about global development and sustainability
  • communicate critical thinking through literature-based research, clear writing, effective speaking, teamwork and practices of academic integrity.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090309 $1,812.00 $850.00 not applicable $2,108.00

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Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures per week and 36 hours of practical, field and tutorial teaching (on-campus) or 2 x 1-hr lectures per week, 20 hrs on-line workshop activities and 16 hrs (2 day) residential.

AssessmentOn-line quizzes (10%)|Examination (40%)|Assignments (x3) (30%)|Essay (20%)
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