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Monash University

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Human Geography


Dr Alexandra Gartrell



  • Second semester 2016 (Day)


The unit has a domestic field tripdomestic field trip (http://artsonline.monash.edu.au/currentstudents/field-trips/) component and may incur an additional cost.


What can you do in a world that is challenged by questions of poverty, environmental degradation, social inequality and economic exclusion? The Global Challenge is an introductory unit that grapples with these questions offering an insight into the new and emerging forces of social, economic and environmental change. The unit examines how changing population and migration dynamics, urban development, patterns of consumption and growth, and labour markets intersect at local, national and global scales. It introduces students to theories and methods that help make sense of our complex world allowing them to critically engage with these global challenges.


On completing this unit you will be able to:

  1. Define and describe a range of key challenges including: population movement, diverse urban forms, consumption habits, economic restructuring, labour markets, socio-economic inequality and environmental change;
  2. Identify and apply key theories and methods to inform an understanding of economic, social and cultural geographies;
  3. Organise and select appropriate information and represent data in maps and tables for a variety of spatial scales;
  4. Work autonomously and with others to write and communicate concepts and processes of global and spatial change in a clear manner;
  5. Develop an inquiring mind about complex global challenges and appreciate different perspectives on problems and their solutions.


Within semester assessment: 60%
Exam: 40%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

  • Additional requirements
  • Field trip

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