The study of geography helps us develop an understanding of the processes that shape the surface of the earth, how humans use and interact with this environment, and ways in which people, societies and economies organise themselves spatially. Geography endeavours to do what few sciences attempt: to create a holistic and integrated understanding of interactive complex environmental systems.
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What will you study?
In first year, you study the interactions between earth, the environment and society, emphasising how humans help shape the planet and how the planet shapes human activity. You will consider issues such as climate change, population growth, hazards and environmental management, using computer-based resources and field observation.
In second and third year, you can tailor your studies to your interests. You can focus on the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for environmental management, the examination of urban systems, natural resource management and the economic geography of global development.
Learning and teaching strategies include the use of field trips overseas and to rural and urban parts of Australia, tutorial debates on issues such as global inequality and poverty, computer-based analysis of geographic data, and on-line discussion boards and interactive education techniques. These approaches reflect the fact that geography is a field of study in which you are encouraged to learn relevant skills that enable you to think critically and express arguments about the inter-relationships of people and planet.
Honours in Geography
Students who qualify at the end of their undergraduate course can apply to complete Honours in geography.
Field Work & Practical Work
There is an emphasis on geography as a field science at the University of Sydney. Fieldwork forms a central part of all undergraduate courses and is an important skill in the geographer’s trade.
The type of fieldwork and practical work you will undertake depends on the subject matter of the unit of study, but could include computer-based work, laboratory work, field-trips and the preparation of surveys.
Currently there are about 35 PhD and Masters students in geography, undertaking a range of projects from urban water quality and sea level change to the social geography of the popular music industry and resource development in the Mekong region. Many geography graduates continue to postgraduate studies in geography and other disciplines.