Courses & Units

Nature, People, Place KGA172

This unit is offered on campus in Hobart and via a mix of web-based and on-campus delivery in Launceston and Cradle Coast.


This introductory unit develops your knowledge of how people depend on nature, and how increasingly the conservation of nature depends on people. We will explore these relationships through a values lens: how nature is important for its own sake, how natural resources are important to people, and how nature is important for people's wellbeing. Workshops will provide you with skills to map social and ecological landscapes, argue for the conservation and use of nature, and present your evaluations and  arguments to others. Some workshops will be conducted in the field in and around Hobart and Launceston, with virtual field trips and workshops for distance students. This unit will be useful in a wide variety of occupations and professions in government, environmental NGOs, and industry - as well as your personal understanding of nature.


Unit name Nature, People, Place
Unit code KGA172
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 Emily Flies
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Introductory


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Launceston Semester 2 On-Campus International Domestic
Online Semester 2 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 2 22/7/2024 16/8/2024 9/9/2024 27/10/2024

* 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

  • solve conservation and sustainability challenges using geographical knowledge of ecological and social systems
  • identify and analyse different value positions that shape human relationships with nature
  • apply geographical skills to collect ecological and social data, and use this to create basic maps and graphs
  • communicate critical thinking through literature-based research, visual presentation of geographic data, teamwork and practices of academic integrity

Fee Information

Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1,3 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3 Domestic Full Fee 4
050900 $1,118.00 $1,118.00 not applicable $3,068.00

1 Please refer to more information on student contribution amounts.
2 Please refer to more information on eligibility and Approved Pathway courses.
3 Please refer to more information on eligibility for HECS-HELP.
4 Please refer to more information on eligibility for FEE-HELP.

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Mutual Exclusions

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



Teaching Pattern

Each week will include pre-recorded (asynchronous) lectures (~1 hour), a live/synchronous seminar (1 hour), a live/synchronous workshop (3 hours, including live or virtual field trips), and independent learning activities, including reading material and working on assessment tasks (5-6 hours per week).

AssessmentWorkshop portfolio (15%)|Vegetation condition assessment (20%)|Fortnightly Quizzes (30%)|Conservation management proposal (35%)
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The textbook is: Dahlman, C.T. and Renwick, W.H. 2015. Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, 6th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ which is available online through the library. This textbook will not cover all lectures.
Other readings available through the library electronic system or downloadable through MyLO will be listed in the lecture material in MyLO.

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