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Master of Geography (MC-GEOG) // Subject options

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Discipline Core subjects

All students must take both of the following:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90018 Contemporary Geographical Thought
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90029 Research Methods in Geography
February
12.5

Additional Discipline Core

Coursework-only students must also take the following:

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90028 Geography Practical
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5

Discipline Electives

Students must complete Discipline Electives subject from within one of three geography streams:

  • Physical Geography;
  • Human Geography;
  • Integrated Geography.

Note: At least 12.5 pt of field classes is strongly recommended; students are permitted to take up to two 300-level subjects.

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Physical Geography Stream

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG30021 The Disaster Resilient City
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30022 Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
FOOD90034 Sustainable Food Production
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90024 Coastal Landforms and Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90026 Global Climate Change In Context
February
12.5
GEOG90027 Biogeography and Ecology of Fire
Summer Term
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90019 Indigenous Land Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class
March
12.5

Human Geography Stream

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG30019 Sustainable Development
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30021 The Disaster Resilient City
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30022 Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30024 Africa: Environment, Development, People
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90003 The Political Ecology of Development Not available in 2019 12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
FOOD90034 Sustainable Food Production
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90019 Indigenous Land Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class
March
12.5
PHIL90029 Climate Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
ASIA90016 China and the Environment
Semester 2
12.5

Integrated Geography stream

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG30019 Sustainable Development
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30021 The Disaster Resilient City
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30022 Riverine Landscapes: Hydrology & Ecology
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG30024 Africa: Environment, Development, People
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections
Semester 2
12.5
DEVT90003 The Political Ecology of Development Not available in 2019 12.5
ENST90004 Climate Change Politics and Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90005 Environmental Policy
Semester 2
12.5
ENST90002 Social Impact Assessment and Evaluation
Semester 2
12.5
EVSC90015 Environmental Impact Assessment
Semester 1
12.5
EVSC90014 Environmental Risk Assessment
November
12.5
FOOD90034 Sustainable Food Production
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90003 Integrated River & Catchment Management
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90007 China Field Class PG
June
25
GEOG90020 Risk Management and Public Participation Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90021 Conservation and Cultural Environments
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90022 International Internship in Environment
Summer Term
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90024 Coastal Landforms and Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90026 Global Climate Change In Context
February
12.5
GEOG90027 Biogeography and Ecology of Fire
Summer Term
12.5
GEOM90008 Foundations of Spatial Information
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
ATOC90002 Climate Science for Decision-Making
Semester 1
12.5
GEOG90019 Indigenous Land Management Not available in 2019 12.5
GEOG90025 East Timor Field Class
March
12.5
PHIL90029 Climate Ethics
Semester 2
12.5
ASIA90016 China and the Environment
Semester 2
12.5

Professional Skills subjects

Coursework only and Coursework with minor research thesis students much complete 25 points of the listed Professional Skills subjects.

Coursework plus major research thesis students can complete between 12.5 to 25 points of the listed Professional Skills subjects.

Code Name Study period Credit Points
BUSA90403 Business Tools: Money People & Processes
September
12.5
BUSA90471 Business Tools: The Market Environment Not available in 2019 12.5
MAST90045 Systems Modelling and Simulation
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90005 Ethics and Responsibility in Science
Semester 1
12.5
MAST90044 Thinking and Reasoning with Data
Semester 1
12.5
SCIE90012 Science Communication
Semester 2
12.5
SCIE90013 Communication for Research Scientists
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
MULT90012 Industry Project in Science Not available in 2019 12.5

Research Project

Note: There is no research project for students taking the coursework-only option

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Coursework plus minor research thesis:

The minor thesis (50 pt) will be taken over the final two semesters of enrolment, beginning the Monday of the first semester of research project enrolment (semester 1 or 2) and continuing until the end of the final semester of research project enrolment. The research project work continues over summer or winter breaks, minus annual recreation leave of 4 weeks. For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student's supervisor.

The thesis will be due for submission by the end of the formal examination period of the final semester of research project enrolment (usually the fourth semester of the student’s M Geography candidature), if an earlier date is not specified. The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 50-point Research Project. All assessment pieces are individual tasks:

  • A 4,000 word written research proposal modelled on a research grant application style, due by week 8 of the first semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% of final project mark.
  • A 20 minutes oral research proposal seminar due by week 8 of the first semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% of final project mark.
  • A 20 minute research results seminar due week 11 of the second semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% % of final project mark.
  • A 12,500-word thesis by the end of the formal examination period of the second semester of research project enrolment. 62.5% of final project mark.

Students select their research project load in consultation with their project supervisor and the program coordinator, and must enrol in at least 12.5 points of research project per semester except in extraordinary circumstances (e.g. supervisor being on sabbatical leave) where permission of the program coordinator is given. Therefore, in each semester students must be enrolled in one of the subjects listed below (all of which are offered in both semesters):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90030 Geography Minor Research Project Part 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
12.5
GEOG90031 Geography Minor Research Project Part 1
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90032 Geography Minor Research Project Part 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
25
GEOG90033 Geography Minor Research Project Part 2
Semester 1
Semester 2
37.5

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Coursework plus major research thesis:

The major thesis (100 pt) will be taken over four consecutive semesters and will begin on the Monday of the first semester of research project enrolment (semester 1 or 2) and continue until the end of the final semester of research project enrolment. The research project work continues over summer and winter breaks, minus recreation leave of 4 weeks per year. For how long and at what time within the enrolment the actual period of leave is to be taken needs to be negotiated with a student's supervisor.

The thesis will be due for submission at the end of the formal examination period of the final semester of research project enrolment (usually the fourth semester), if an earlier date is not specified. The assessment requirements below are applicable to the entire 100-point Research Project. All assessment pieces are individual tasks:

  • A full literature review of 5,000 words, due at the end of the first semester of research: value 12.5% of final project mark
  • A research 4,000 word proposal modelled on a research grant application style, and research proposal seminar, due by week 4 and week 11 respectively of the second semester of research: value 12.5% of final project mark
  • A 20 minute research results seminar due week 11 of the final (fourth) semester of research project enrolment. 12.5% of final project mark.
  • A 25,000-word thesis by the end of the formal examination period of the final (fourth) semester of research project enrolment. 62.5% of final project mark.

Students select their research project load in consultation with their project supervisor and the program coordinator, and must enrol in at least 12.5 points of research project per semester except in extraordinary circumstances (e.g. supervisor being on sabbatical leave) where permission of the program coordinator is given.

EXAMPLE:

  • GEOG90036 Geography Research Project pt1 (12.5pts)
  • GEOG90040 Geography Research Project pt2 (12.5pts)
  • GEOG90045 Geography Research Project pt3 (25pts)
  • GEOG90051 Geography Research Project pt4 (50pts)

Therefore, in each semester students must be enrolled in one of the subjects listed below (all of which are offered in both semesters):

Code Name Study period Credit Points
GEOG90036 Geography Research Project Part 1
March
July
12.5
GEOG90040 Geography Research Project Part 2
January
July
12.5
GEOG90045 Geography Research Project Part 3
January
July
25
GEOG90046 Geography Research Project Part 3
January
July
37.5
GEOG90050 Geography Research Project Part 4
January
July
37.5
GEOG90051 Geography Research Project Part 4
January
July
50

Last updated: 3 April 2019