Faculty of Arts

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitHuman Geography
OfferedClayton First semester 2014 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Chris McDonald


Previously coded GES3750


Central to our approach in this unit is a focus on social equity and economic development within the limits of a finite planet. Work, markets, trade, food production and distribution, patterns of consumption,the role of transnational corporations, and urban and regional policy, are covered to enable a better understanding of social, economic and environmental disparity. Sharing prosperity is a unit for students wanting to understand how social inequality is produced and distributed, and who want to investigate alternative paradigms that could more effectively enable better distributive and non-distributive forms of social, environmental and economic justice.


Students successfully completing this subject will demonstrate the following skills and capacities:

  1. Knowledge of key measures of prosperity operating at a variety of scales including GDP, comparative advantage, profit and turnover, as well as more qualitative measures such as social well-being, social capital, sustainability, innovation and creativity indexes;
  2. Understanding of the disparate patterns of: work, food production and distribution, consumption, trade and aid, and the key role played by institutions;
  3. Knowledge of a variety of mechanisms to achieve distributive and non-distributive forms of social and environmental justice;
  4. A critical understanding of the social nature and finite limits of 'economy';
  5. Sound written expression, demonstrating an ability to critically analyse a variety of texts and other media;
  6. Sound interpretation of graphs and maps.


Written assignments including journal of readings (3000 words): 35%
Class participation and presentation: 30%
Field trip report: 35%

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Workload requirements

3 hours per week (seminar) + a one day fieldtrip

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