GEOG30027 Local Sites, Global Connections

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 3 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

This subject requires all students to actively and safely participate in field activities. Students must complete, or have previously completed, the online Geography learning module.

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 35 hours - one 3-hour class in weeks 1-7; then one 1-day field exercise on a weekend during the first half of semester; one 3-hour class in weeks 11 and 12
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours


Completion of 50 points at Level 2, including at least 25 points from subjects in geography, or permission from subject coordinator. This subject may be taken as a Capstone for the Geography major in the BA and BSc.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Prof Lesley Head



Subject Overview:

This field class subject, combining on-campus classes with periodic off-campus field work in the Melbourne area, asks the question: in what ways are local sites globally connected? Sites selected for field study around Melbourne will vary year by year, as will the specific processes studied geographically at those sites. For example, study might be made of a selection of places and communities damaged by recent bushfire or flood, investigating how globally-sourced advice, personnel and equipment played a part in responding to those events, forging lasting links between those local places and the sources of their global assistance. Or, the global sources of contamination of local ocean sites might be studied. Or, the global worlds of social media might be mapped, by looking at a set of local social media users within particular urban populations. Or, the manner in which local environmental or urban policies may be drawn from overseas situations might be examined and critiqued, involving investigation of governance sites/settings in our local area and the ways they connect globally.

This is a field class subject, for which the field work will be conducted in Melbourne or its immediate environs. It is not an intensive subject.

Note this subject may be taken as the Capstone subject in the Geography major of the BA and BSc. All students, whether they are capstone students or not, will be required to complete online introductory materials that are common across all field classes, and will be invited to a discussion session together at the end of their Capstone study and experience.

Learning Outcomes:

At the successful completion of this subject, students will have:

  • Knowledge of the varied and complex ways that local sites are connected globally, and how geography conceptualises and researches these relationships of scale
  • Field-work and research skills to enable investigation of relationships between the global and the local that occur in the context of specific issues and places, and how these are experienced and understood
  • Understanding of some site-specific examples of global connectedness
  • 1000 word essay due week 5 (25%);
  • a field work proposal, 600 words due in week 7 (15%);
  • a group (up to 3 people) presentation, 5-10 minutes in week 11 or 12 (10%)*;
  • a 2,000 word major field work report due in the examination period (50%).

*Note that if the subject is taken as a Geography Capstone, students may choose to present their work at an end-of-semester Geography Capstone event, rather than in class during week 11 or 12.

Prescribed Texts: None
Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

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Generic Skills:

Upon successful completion of this subject, students will have skills in:

  • articulating research problems that can be researched through local field work
  • conducting library searches for relevant, international literature that can be related to local, site-based research problems
  • using a case study approach to explore processes and problems situated in particular contexts, relating data and field-based information to conceptual arguments
Related Course(s): Master of Geography
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Environmental Geography
Science-credited subjects - new generation B-SCI and B-ENG.
Selective subjects for B-BMED

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