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ATS1309: The geography of global challenges

Faculty of Arts

The geography of global challenges

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How can we understand and address the interlinked global challenges of environmental degradation, economic inequality, and population growth? The geography of global challenges is an introductory unit in Human Geography that grapples with these questions, offering an insight into the relationships between human societies and their natural, rural, industrial and urban environments - including the study of how humans impact on the natural environment. The unit examines how patterns of environmental change, population dynamics, and economic development processes intersect to create some of the most pressing global challenges of our time. It introduces you to theories and methods to make sense of this complex world and to critically engage with efforts to address our shared global challenges.


1 - Annotated Bibliography - 10% 2 - Essay - 20% 3 - Presentation - 20% 4 - Quizzes - 30%


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. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement. + Additional requirements + Field trip

Global challenges

Our Strategic Plan, Impact 2030, charts the path for how Monash will actively respond to climate change, preserving geopolitical security and fostering thriving communities over the next decade. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following Global Challenges:

Climate Change, Thriving Communities

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

1. No Poverty 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth 10. Reduced Inequalities 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities 13. Climate Action