Geography and environmental 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 that 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
Geography and environmental science is offered in the Bachelor of Social Science at Monash South Africa as a major or minor.
In addition to achieving the broad outcomes of their course, students successfully completing this major will be able to:
- integrate the disciplines of geography and environmental science in seeking to understand the spatial patterns of human systems and landscapes, environmental processes, and the effects of people on the environment
- provide students with theoretical underpinnings, qualitative and quantitative skills in their spatial analysis of phenomena on the earth's surface, geographic methods of inquiry, geo-informatic techniques application to geographic and environmental studies
- develop in our students the ability to critically analyse and formulate ranges of possible solutions to complex human and environmental issues that include consideration of social, economic, cultural, political, and scientific dynamics.