Courses & Units

Key Themes in Geography: Patterns and Processes of Environmental and Social Change KGA571


This unit is compulsory in the Bachelor of Education Prof Hons (Geographical Education) and GradCertGeogEd, and may be taken as an elective in the GradCertScEd.


Using different methods and bringing together diverse geographical perspectives, this unit is for those who are or will be engaged in geographical education in primary and secondary schools. The unit examines the ways in which the planet is influenced by external and internal forces such as solar radiation and the circulation of winds and oceans, and affected by natural cycles. Attention is then paid to diverse global environmental and social patterns and processes and to the question of whether, how and to what extent those patterns and processes may be managed sustainably; human values, institutions and practices come under scrutiny in this work. In particular, a range of contemporary challenges is examined, including climate change, population growth, poverty, food security, natural hazards and resource depletion. The unit has been designed with the Australian Curriculum in Geography in mind.


Unit name Key Themes in Geography: Patterns and Processes of Environmental and Social Change
Unit code KGA571
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
School of Technology, Environments and Design
Discipline Geography and Spatial Sciences

Teaching staff

Associate Professor Elaine Stratford

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


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Teaching Pattern

2 x 50-min online lectures weekly, online discussions


1 x 2000-word essay (50%), portfolio of weekly online Q&A responses approximating 2000 words in total and including participation in discussions (50%)

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