Courses & Units

Geographies of Economy, Politics and Culture KGA205



This unit is available as an elective and is suitable for students with backgrounds including (but not limited to) Science, English, Government, History, Law, Management, Psychology and/or Sociology. Please consult the unit coordinator for information.


All aspects of human life are geographical. Our lives take place in space. Spatial practices and ideas are central to individuals and
societies: they help determine who and what belongs where, who controls and owns which resources, and who has what advantages or
disadvantages. In this unit you develop skills of geographical inquiry that investigate and intervene in these human geographies. You
explore the practical benefit of this inquiry through studying crucial challenges relating to economic value, political power and cultural
identity. You analyse case studies from around the world on topics including precarious employment, sustainable and just development,
decolonization, nationalism and migration. You apply field research techniques to investigate human lives in the context of ideas of place,
territory, mobility, landscape and environment at diverse scales. The critical skills of reasoning, researching and communicating
developed in this unit are valued by employers in social and environmental policy, planning, development, research and management.
This unit prepares you for advanced level units including KGA308, KGA318 and KGA319.


Unit name Geographies of Economy, Politics and Culture
Unit code KGA205
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 Russell Warman
Available as student elective? Yes
Level Intermediate


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


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 21/2/2022 22/3/2022 11/4/2022 29/5/2022

* 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 2022 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2022 will be available from the 1st October 2021.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Use critical, reflexive and evidence-based reasoning to investigate economic, political and cultural geographies;
  • Apply geographical research skills to generate insights into economic, political and cultural phenomena that are relevant to real problems;
  • Communicate human geographical inquiry and insight through clear, effective and ethical writing, speaking and collaboration.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090309 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable

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(KGA171 and KGA172) or (25% Level 100 in any social science, humanities, law, education, design or business discipline).


Teaching Pattern

13 x 2-hr lectures, 12 x 1-hr tutorials (on-campus) or 12 hrs online activities (off-campus)

AssessmentShort Essay Questions (30%)|Research Project (40%)|Reading Discussions (10%)|Quiz (10%)|Tutorial Activity (10%)
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Weekly required readings are listed in the Unit Outline and in MyLO. Readings will be available electronically via links in MyLO to the Library Reading List.

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