Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Monash Passport categoryResearch Challenge (Investigate Program)
OfferedClayton Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Professor Ben Derudder


Previously coded GES1050


The Global Challenge, is an introductory unit that offers an insight into the social, economic, political and environmental forces shaping our 'globalised' world. It focuses on how these forces and processes contribute to global change in terms of new international divisions of labour, patterns of migration, industrial reorganisation and patterns of consumption. The unit examine how these global processes take shape at different geographic scales, and how people in different places respond to challenges that are global in scope; while some people and places may benefit from these changes, others may be disadvantaged.


On completing this unit you will be able to:

  1. Understand the key concepts of the unit:
a. Understand patterns of population change and people movement;
b. Understand urbanisation issues and patterns linked to population and economic change;
c. Understand how contemporary trends in global production and trade contribute to different patterns of spatial organisation and social opportunity;
d. Understand how contemporary consumer culture contributes to the production of environmental waste and pollution and link this to population and economic change;
  1. Describe and interpret maps, tables and census data;
  2. Write and communicate concepts and processes of global and spatial change in a clear manner;
  3. Gain a basic grasp of the complexity of contemporary global change and its manifestation at regional, national, and local levels.


Essay (1500 words): 25%
Examination: (2-hours): 40%
Practical/tutorial work: 15%
Compulsory fieldtrip: 20%

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ben Derudder

Contact hours

One 2-hour lecture per week
One full day 8-hour field trip
Four 2-hour tutorials

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study

Geography and environmental science (ARTS)
Sustainability, environment and society
Geographical science
Urban, regional and international development