Monash University

Undergraduate - Area of study

Students who commenced study in 2015 should refer to this area of study entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your area of study.

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This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2015 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.

Managing facultyFaculty of Arts
Offered bySouth Africa School of Social Science
Campus(es)South Africa
CoordinatorMr Marshall Mdoka


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


Geography and environmental science, offered by the School of Social Science, is concerned with natural environments, societies, communities, economies, human-environment relations and environmental management.

Physical geography emphasises the systematic study of environmental processes, climate and climate change, landforms and geologic developments. Human geography focuses on development, cities and communities, economic processes and cultural studies. Many geography units include some field studies and trips which involve study of interesting landscapes, climatology, meteorology, cities, and environmental assessment of developmental activities.

Students gain an analytical and critical perception of the current state of the environment as well as global challenges such as climate change and sustainable development concepts, using state-of-the-art research methods and techniques such as geographic information systems.


First-year level

Students studying a first year sequence in geography and environmental science must complete the following two units (12 points):

  • AZA1306 Introduction to human geography
  • AZA1308 Introduction to physical geography

Second/Third-year level

Students studying a minor or major in geography and environmental science must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition:

List A units

* Field study unit in South Africa. This unit will require payment of an additional fee that may cover items such as accommodation, entry fees, excursions, coaches transfers, flights and university adminstration.

List B units

Relevant courses


4086 Bachelor of Social Science