Human Geography

When you study Human Geography, you explore the relationship between people and their environment.

This relationship is complex and constantly changing, and it presents major challenges:  rapid urbanisation, environmental degradation, climate change, deepening poverty, uneven global development, and rising socioeconomic inequality.  Combining geography, social science and sustainability science, Human Geography gives you the analytical skills and knowledge needed to discover sustainable solutions to these global challenges.

Available as a major or minor.

What is it?

Studying Human Geography takes you on an adventure that will change the way you view the world. You will gain insight into the way people, communities and cultures interact with spaces and places across the globe.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.

Student Opportunities

What our students do

As a Human Geo student, you may learn to :

  • Travel to South Africa to explore topics such as the effects of commercial agriculture on soil and water quality; transnational water-sharing and flood management; ecotourism and conservation in nature parks; environmental education; and local ecological management.
  • Hear various guest lecturers present their latest research findings on climate change. Grasp the concept of human-induced climate change and how this differs from natural climate variability
  • Deepen your knowledge of cartography (mapmaking) and geographical information systems (GIS). 

Working using Human geography

By choosing this interdisciplinary major, you will develop the research capabilities needed to work in urban and regional development, community and international development or environmental management.

You will be prepared to work in sustainable policy development and practice across a wide range of industry sectors: state and federal government departments; international aid agency and non-government organisations (NGOs); private and public research organisations; infrastructure agencies; and environmental and community-based organisations.

Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad  at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.