Earth, Environment and Society (GEOS1001)

UNIT OF STUDY

This is the gateway unit of study for Human Geography, Physical Geography, Environmental Studies and Geology. Its objective is to introduce the big questions relating to the origins and current state of the planet: climate change, environment, landscape formation, and the growth of the human population. During the semester you will be introduced to knowledge, theories and debates about how the world's physical and human systems operate. The first module investigates the system of global environmental change, specifically addressing climate variability and human impacts on the natural environment. The second module presents Earth as an evolving and dynamic planet, investigating how changes take place, the rate at which they occur and how they have the potential to dramatically affect the way we live. Finally, the third module, focuses on human-induced challenges to Earth's future. This part of the unit critically analyses the relationships between people and their environments, with central consideration to debates on population change, resource use and the policy contexts of climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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Classes

One 2 hour lecture and one 2 hour practical per week.

Assessment

One 2 hour exam, 2000 word essay, field and prac reports (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?

No

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Prohibitions

GEOL1001, GEOG1001, GEOL1002, GEOL1902, ENSY1001, GEOS1901, GEOG1002

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