Course Outline

GEO101 Space, place and the Anthropocene

Course Coordinator:Theresa Ashford ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 2

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.


Online You can do this course without coming onto campus.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


Human geography is the study of societies and their environments, of peoples and places. This thought-provoking course will engage with geographical theories to better understand our everyday connections to landscape and place; colonialism and global economies; sites of consumption and production; identities, difference and exclusion. This course is foundational to further studies of geography, and will also provide a strong basis to complement study in many social and environmental sciences and the humanities.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous/pre learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Face to face tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Learning materials – Online asynchronous/pre recorded learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online synchronous tutorial 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

Module One: Ways of Seeing the World

Module Two: Ways of Being in the World

Module Three: The Anthropocene

What level is this course?

100 Level (Introductory)

Engaging with discipline knowledge and skills at foundational level, broad application of knowledge and skills in familiar contexts and with support. Limited or no prerequisites. Normally, associated with the first full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Competencies from multiple Professional Bodies (see below) *
1 Identify, describe and explain the foundational themes, concepts, theories and perspectives in Human Geography. Knowledgeable
1, 2, 4.1.1
2 Use a specific Human Geographer's approach (Cloke, Massey, or Whatmore for example) to investigate various case studies, diverse topics or applications. Creative and critical thinker
2, 6
3 Use Human Geography thinking to evaluate and describe global or local social worlds. Sustainability-focussed
3, 4
4 Ethically communicate Human Geography knowledge using appropriate language, images, and texts. Ethical

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Learning & Teaching Council
1 Knowing: Demonstrate a coherent geographical understanding of trends, processes and impacts that shape Australian and other environments and/or societies at different spatial and temporal scales.
2 Knowing: Demonstrate an understanding of Geography as an academic discipline, including awareness of its concepts, history and principal subfields, whilst acknowledging the contested, provisional and situated nature of geographical understanding.
3 Thinking: Apply geographical thought creatively, critically and appropriately to specific spaces, places and/or environments.
4 Thinking: Recognise, evaluate and synthesise various views, arguments and sources of knowledge pertinent to solving environmental and social problems.
6 Communicating: Communicate geographical perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means.
Education for Sustainable Development Goals
4.1.1 The learner understands the important role of education and lifelong learning opportunities for all (formal, non-formal and informal learning) as main drivers of sustainable development, for improving people’s lives and in achieving the SDGs

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


Not applicable


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Timely and detailed feedback is provided for each assessment. Feedback is provided both within text and general comments to build scholarly skills. Students are able to seek feedback through face-to-face discussion with the course coordinator. Tutorials will include extended discussion and review of the assessment task requirements and scope.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Quiz/zes Individual 20%
Multiple choice
Refer to Format Online Test (Quiz)
All 2 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
1000 Words
Week 10 Online Submission
All 3 Written Piece Individual 40%
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Online Geography Quiz
To develop your knowledge and understanding of human geographical concepts
Product: Quiz/zes
Academic format MCQ randomly generated quiz questions on Canvas
These are weekly quizzes (weeks 1 - 9) on the readings and learning materials
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrates understanding of the introductory concepts in human geographical thinking
All - Assessment Task 2:Written midterm exam
You will demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of human geographical concepts as they relate to particular scenarios.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
Academic Format Short answer questions. This is an open book timed exam - with referencing required when used.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Description of the introductory concepts in human geographical thinking
Use of key concepts and specific Human Geographer's approaches to illustrate the answer
2 3
Ethical communication - recognising where knowledge comes from
All - Assessment Task 3:Geography Explorations
This paper allows you to use your newly minted Geographical expertise and theoretical understandings. Topics have included subversive yarn bombing; the global war industry; gender and geography and interesting takes on graffiti. The purpose of this paper is to apply the thinking and approach of one of your favorite Geographers to study a contemporary issue or problem.
Product: Written Piece
Academic format
 APA or Harvard referencing
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Knowledgeable - Description of concepts, relevant geographers and geographical thinking/theory
Empowered - Relate human geography terms and make linkages of theory to a case study or application
Empowered - Summary and synthesis - using human geography to make sense of problem or
Referencing and communication

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Paul J. Cloke,Phil Crang,Mark A. Goodwin 2005 Introducing Human Geographies n/a Routledge

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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