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Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography)

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  • Objectives
    * Demonstrate an independent approach to knowledge that uses rigorous methods of inquiry and appropriate theories and methodologies that are applied with intellectual honesty and a respect for ethical values. * Apply critical and analytical skills and methods to the identification and resolution of problems within complex changing social contexts. * Act as informed and critically discriminating participants within the community of scholars, as citizens and in the work force. * Communicate effectively. * Commit to continuous learning. * Be proficient in the use of appropriate modern technologies, such as the computer and other information technology systems, for the acquisition, processing and interpretation of data.
  • Practical experience
    There is a fieldwork component associated with this program.
  • Academic Title
    Graduate Certificate in Arts (Geography)
  • Course description
    Specialisation Requirements:

        * two compulsory subjects (25 points)
        * one fieldwork component subject (12.5-25 points)
        * elective subjects to make up 50 points

    Compulsory subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-110  Famine in the Modern World
    This subject is an introduction to geography and development studies, and is a prerequisite for further study in both. It examines the problems of famine and hunger, and as it does so introduces key issues, concepts and theories central to geography ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-307  Geographical Thought
    This capstone subject is concerned with the history and philosophy of geography and is designed to introduce students to key debates, both past and present, on the nature and scope of geography as an academic discipline. It therefore sets out an esse...     Semester 1     12.50

    Elective subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-015  Development and the Third World
    This subject is an introduction to a range of issues about development in the 'third world'. It will explore the basic concepts used in development literature in addition to the many ways that development is understood and applied. Concepts...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-017  Society and Environments
    This subject aims to think critically and rigorously about the relationship between social and natural worlds. Its primary purpose is to question the idea that the environment exists outside of, and independent from, the realms of science, culture, p...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-018  Geomorphology
    This subject outlines the development of geomorphology as a discipline, the different approaches used to study landforms and theory of landscape processes and evolution. Topics covered include the denudation system; weathering; hill slopes; fluvial p...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-021  Environmental Politics and Management
    This subject explores a range of contemporary environmental issues in Australia and other postcolonial states and the ways in which people in these places engage with and manage these issues. Examining the history of the emergence and management of ...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-026  Mobile Worlds
    This subject takes as its starting point the recognition that contemporary forms of human mobility are reshaping lives, cultures and economies across the globe. The subject explores the ways in which these mobile flows are creating new places and typ...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-028  Sustainable Development
    The term 'sustainable development' is widely recognised but little understood, with over 50 definitions reflecting the different understandings of environmental theorists and practitioners. This subject discusses and interprets these key cu...     Semester 1     12.50

    121-209  Inside the City of Diversity
    This subject examines how the spaces inside cities, the qualities and resources of their built environments, and the features of their neighbourhoods and communities, enhance or limit the opportunities of different groups of city dwellers. Starting f...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-317  Africa: Environment, Development, People
    This subject introduces students to the physical environment, history, and development challenges facing contemporary sub-Saharan Africa. Students will examine in detail intellectual and ethical debates surrounding the strategies undertaken by postco...     Semester 2     12.50

    Fieldwork component subjects

    Subject     Semester     Credit Points

    121-033  Environmental Hydrology     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     25

    121-071  Coastal Geomorphology     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     12.50

    121-306  Applied Ecology
    This is a research-led subject that seeks to integrate a sound background in the application of ecological theory with its practical implementation to present-day management issues. It focuses on several key issues in the conservation and management ...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-310  Fluvial Geomorphology
    Fluvial geomorphology is the study of the role of rivers in shaping the morphology of the earth. This subject builds on the grounding in introductory geomorphology provided by . Students who complete the course will not only see the landscape with ne...     Semester 2     12.50

    121-314  Space and Power     
    This subject will not be available in 2009     25

    121-316  Environmental Change
    The Quaternary encompasses the past 2.5 million years of earth and human history. In this subject students will encounter topics such as climate changes, dating methods, glacial/interglacial cycles, sea level changes and associated biotic responses, ...     Semester 2     25

    121-320  China Field Class
    This subject consists of a three-week field trip to China in July with some pre-departure seminars in Melbourne and information sessions in Semester 1. The subject is designed to develop students' interests in Asia, in China in particular, and i...     Semester 2     25

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