Geography is the subject that spans the Sciences and Humanities. As a physical science, geography develops an appreciation of the role of the biophysical environment in human life and an understanding of the effects of human activities on environments. As a social science (and humanity) geography focuses on the spatial aspects of the world’s people, communities and cultures.
Geography investigates many of the issues affecting the well-being of people and places in Australia and throughout the world. These issues are often inter-disciplinary, and geography brings an ability to integrate knowledge about the natural world, the social world and the humanities, through its perspectives of space, place and environment. Its combination of physical and social sciences, data skills and real-world applications, makes geography a highly relevant subject to study.
At the university level, it can be studied as part of many degrees including a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts.
Geography is closely linked to many other subjects that can open doors to a range of careers.
Geography asks the big questions about challenges facing our world and the tools to answer them. So, if you want to do something that makes a difference, go with geo!
“Geography uses an inquiry approach to assist students to make meaning of their world. It teaches them to respond to questions in a geographically distinctive way, plan an inquiry; collect, evaluate, analyse and interpret information; and suggest responses to what they have learned. They conduct fieldwork, map and interpret data and spatial distributions, and use spatial technologies.”
– Australian Curriculum: Geography
“Places and people are increasingly interconnected globally, and society’s current problems require answers that integrate different fields of knowledge. In a world in which inequalities within and between places can threaten social cohesion, and where the pressure of human impacts on the environment is a growing concern, geography has much to offer.”
– Academy of Sciences (Australia)