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Major: Geography

Major Details



Department of Geography and Planning
Faculty of Arts

This major must be completed as part of an award. The general requirements for the award must be satisfied in order to graduate.

Requirements for the Major:

Completion of a minimum of 24 credit points including the following prescribed units:

Credit points

100 level

Environmental Management for a Changing World (3)
3cp from
Biophysical Environments (3)
Geographies of Global Change (3)
The Planet Earth (3)

200 level

Australian Environmental Futures (3)
3cp from
ENVS units at 200 level
GEOP units at 200 level

300 level

Environmental Management (3)
3cp from
Climate Change, Coasts and Oceans (3)
Applied Climatology (3)
Integrated Climate Science (3)
Environmental Quality and Assessment (3)
Fluvial Geomorphology and River Management (3)
Environmental Change (3)
6cp from
Asia-Pacific Development (3)
Rethinking Resource Management (3)
Geographies of Health (3)
Urban Strategic Planning (3)


Units marked with a C are Capstone units.
Additional Information
Overview and Aims of the Program Geography provides an important bridge between the social and environmental sciences. The discipline develops an understanding of both social and biophysical aspects of social and environmental change and encourages students to consider the importance of place and scale in the everyday world. Building on this appreciation of the interrelationships between people and places, the program aims to develop a broad understanding of the discipline of Geography, its theoretical and methodological approaches and key contributions to practice.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

1. outline an understanding of the interconnectedness of peoples and places (K, A)
2. identify the role the discipline of Geography plays in understanding interrelationships between society and environment (K, A)
3. identify the practical contributions Geographers make in intervening for more just social and environmental outcomes (K, A, E, S)
4. apply geographical understandings to key social and/or biophysical issues (K, A)

Skills and Capabilities
5. use geographical understandings to appropriately identify, collect and engage with information sources (K, A, P)
6. apply critical geographical approaches to the analysis of data from a range of sources (K, A)
7. draw on geographical understandings to communicate to diverse audiences using effective and appropriate media (K, C, J)
8. apply appropriate research approaches to geographical issues (K, P, J).
Learning and Teaching Methods You will be encouraged throughout this program to acquire skills, methods, knowledge and understandings relevant to Geography. Learning and teaching methods are based on a student-centre teaching approach encouraging the development of both independent learning and team-work skills. Learning is centred on a lecture and tutorial or workshop activity format. A diverse range of assessment tasks are then based on these core learning opportunities together with further readings and research. Field-based learning and research opportunities are included in the program, as are learning activities designed to develop student’s professional geographic skills.
Assessment Assessment is made exclusively on the submission of individual and group assessment tasks. The tasks are set within the units that constitute the program. Clear standards and criteria for assessment tasks, what is assessed and how it is assessed, are contained in each unit guide. The coursework is designed to develop and assess your skills, knowledge and understandings. The program incorporates formative and summative feedback. Formative feedback is received whilst you are working on a task. Summative feedback is received once you have completed a task. Both forms of feedback are extremely important and provide you with information and guidance on your development and progress. Feedback may be provided in written form or in discussion with peers and teachers.

In recognition that students learn and communicate in different ways, assessment methods are diverse, with at least three different types of assessment in every unit. Assessment methods include, but are not limited to, exams and quizzes, written assessments such as reports, essays, professional portfolios, research projects, and critical reviews of the scientific and popular literature, and oral presentations.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates from this program are well prepared for the world of work, training or further study as their engagement with geography enables them to think and act about social and environmental issues in an integrated and effective manner. Career opportunities are diverse, with many students constructively contributing to work on the interface of people-and-planet issues in the public, private and community spheres.
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

2017 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148