Courses & Units

Key Themes in Geography: Understanding Space, Nature and Place KGA572


This unit is compulsory in the Bachelor of Education Prof Hons (Geographical Education) and the 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 develops students' understanding and appreciation of three key geographical concepts, place, space and nature. Attention is paid to the basics of spatial thinking, including the fundamentals of geographical information systems. An examination is made of the elements that make up the natural world and of the patterns that these form on the surface of the Earth to create landscapes that come to be valued by people. How the natural world is understood in terms of place is then explored, with particular focus on how people manage, and are affected by, conflicts related to resource management, tourism and other social, cultural and economic activities. The unit has been designed with the Australian Curriculum in Geography in mind.


Unit name Key Themes in Geography: Understanding Space, Nature and Place
Unit code KGA572
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


3 x Q&A papers based on lectures and readings in addition to online participation(50%), 1 x 2,000 word poster exercise (50%)

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