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This subject provides students with an advanced understanding of the philosophy, history and contemporary issues in geography. Students will undertake a series of directed readings resulting in three essays, two of which are on a topic approved by the program coordinator. For the first essay, the area of study includes: what is meant by “geography”; what problems have been and are being faced by geography as an academic discipline; what makes geography valuable (or not!) as a discipline; what “matters” are compelling, and in what sense and what role can or should geography play. For the other essays, students will conduct a survey of the literature on two contemporary research issues in geography.
Intended learning outcomes
- To understand the current directions of research in geography;
- To gain in-depth grounding in the history, philosophy and scope of the discipline of geography;
- To gain advanced awareness of the methodological principles underlying geographical research, and the central findings of those research programs; and
- To obtain knowledge in some of the cutting edge contemporary issues in geographical research.
- To demonstrate advanced literature research and written communication skills; and
- To demonstrate the ability and self-confidence to comprehend complex contemporary geographical debates and concepts.
Last updated: 6 December 2019