This physical geography course provides a broad introduction to the Earth System, involving the atmosphere, lithosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere and their interactions, at local to planetary spatial scales. It examines natural and anthropogenic origins of environmental change. Key methods and techniques used by physical geographers to study the Earth System are covered in lectures, readings, practical sessions and field work. Fieldwork is integral to all sub-disciplines of geography, and a major component of this course. There is no substitute for direct, hands-on exploration of the natural world. This course fulfills one field day.
Lecture hours: 24
Practicum hours: 12
Core Skills Developed
- learn the fundamental theory underpinning the discipline of Physical Geography
- immersive field-based experiential learning
- field data collection, data analysis, numeracy (basic statistics) and data visualization