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GES1003 - Introduction to Human Geography

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Arts

Leader: Mr Lebogang Mashego


South Africa Second semester 2007 (Day)


This unit aims to equip students with basic concepts in human geography required to understand, interpret and synthesise information on the world around us. It creates a foundation for advanced studies in geography by providing a broad understanding of human interaction with the environment.


Upon satisfactory completion of this subject, students will be able to

  1. Understand similarities and differences between places, localities and areas in a wide range of the human landscape.
  2. Understand interactions between people and their environments at a variety of geographical scales ranging from local, through regional and national to, increasingly, global.
  3. Synthesise and interpret relevant material and to communicate ideas to others in a coherent manner, by either written or verbal means.
  4. Be familiar and proficient with some simple techniques for conducting research and analysing data.


Essay (1600 words): 35%
2 hour examination (2000 words): 45%
Practical Work (450 words): 10%
Field Trip (450 words): 10%

Contact hours

One one-hour lecture and a three-hour tutorial/practical per week