Introductory Geography (GEOS1002)


This unit of study provides a geographical perspective on the ways in which people interact with each other and the physical world, focussing on the processes that generate spatial variation and difference. Students will consider the development and characteristics of natural environments across the globe, and will explore how these environments both constrain, and are influenced by, humans. In the process, they will learn about the biophysical, political, economic, cultural and urban geographies that shape contemporary global society. Each of these themes will be discussed with reference to key examples (such as the Earthquake in Haiti/Dominican Republic, the conflict in Darfur, bushfires in the Blue Mountains, the physical geography of the internet), in order to understand the ways in which the various processes (both physical and human) interact. The unit of study is designed to attract and interest students who wish to pursue geography as a major within their undergraduate degree, but also has relevance to students who wish to learn how to think geographically about the contemporary world.

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Further unit of study information


One 2 hour lecture per week and eight 2 hour practicals during semester.


One 2 hour exam, one 2000 word essay, two online quizzes (100%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


GEOS1902 or GEOG1001 or GEOG1002

Study this unit outside a degree

Non-award/non-degree study

If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.