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Hobart, Launceston


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 foundation unit in Geography and Environmental Studies develops your knowledge of the ways in which people turn space into place, how patterns of landforms, soils, plants and animals form on the surface of the earth, and how cultures, societies and economies manage, and are affected by, ecosystem processes. Workshops, many of which are in the field, will provide you with tools to spatially relate geographic phenomena, describe landforms, soils and vegetation, and undertake value analyses of environmental and cultural issues. Local examples that have wider application will be the focus of workshops. This unit is useful for a wide variety of occupations and professions, as well as enhancing everyday existence. Students
wishing to do second and third year units in Geography and Environmental Studies should also take KGA171 The Global Geography of Change.

Summary 2020

Unit name Space, Place and Nature
Unit code KGA172
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Geography, Planning and Spatial Sciences
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Dr Dave Kendal (Hobart)

Teaching staff

Dr A Harwood (Hobart ); Dr Rebecca Harris (Hobart); Dr J Ellison, (Launceston & Cradle Coast)

Level Introductory
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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Learning Outcomes


demonstrate basic 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 literatureā€based research, visual presentation of geographic data, teamwork and practices of academic integrity



Mutual Exclusions

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

  • XPD123
  • KGA122
  • KGA152
  • KGA162
  • JFA109


Teaching Pattern

2 x 1-hr lectures per week, 1 x 3-hr workshop per week or 2 x 1-hr lectures per week, 20 hrs on-line workshop activities and 16 hrs (2 day) residential.


AT1 online quizzes (15%)

AT2 poster presentation (30%)

AT3 workshop portfolio tasks (15%)

AT4 2-hr exam (40%)

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Dahlman, C.T. and Renwick, W.H. 2015. Introduction to Geography: People, Places & Environment, 6th edition, Pearson Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River NJ.

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