This course is concerned with the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places. Development must grapple with the challenges of ecological sustainability, a culturally diverse world, new demographic pressures and global markets. The Human Geography and Planning major develops varied skills and knowledge, drawing on geography, economics, architecture, sociology and environmental science.
Human Geography and Planning focuses on some of the major challenges facing society, including the population explosion, rapid urbanisation, poverty and homelessness, land use conflict, cultural diversity, economic development, and ecological sustainability. As a student you will develop the knowledge and skills to help resolve major urban and regional problems and ultimately have the ability to contribute to the creation of liveable communities, vibrant economies and sustainable places.
Teaching methods consist of lectures from leading experts and industry partners, practical and computer classes, portfolio development, as well as tutorials. This major includes local field work trips and an opportunity to participate in overseas residential field work in a variety of destinations in South East Asia, North America and Europe.
UWA is well equipped for teaching and research in human geography and planning and our teaching is supported by the world class research of the Centre for Regional Development and the Urban Design Centre of Western Australia (UDC). UWA has strong links with the Planning Institute Australia (WA). This major provides a pathway to full recognition as a professional planner.
By studying Human Geography and Planning at UWA I gained an understanding as to why we live, work and recreate in the way that we do. Through examining how development plays out in the field in both urban and regional areas, it can be seen where Western Australia has come from and in which direction it is heading.
Undertaking this major not only offers a great learning environment with close links to industry but also the opportunity to study and meet people from around the world.
UWA's streamlined course structure allows you to pursue studies in a wide range of areas and to take one or two majors in your degree. Your second major can be from a similar field to your first (degree-specific) major, or from a different area or degree entirely.
As well as the units specified in your major, you will study broadening units outside your main area of study and may be able to take a number of elective subjects as well.
The Human Geography and Planning major provides a pathway to full recognition as a professional planner. Students who follow on to complete honours in Urban and Regional Planning will be eligible to apply for professional membership to the Planning Institute of Australia. Graduates will also be eligible to apply for membership to the Institute of Australian Geographers.
Planners and Geographers are employed by local and state governments (such as the Department of Planning) and in the private sector, in areas such as regional development, public administration, public policy, social research, teaching, and land development. Graduates with this major are also employable internationally, helping to solve social, economic and environmental problems in other parts of the world.
Students with a Human Geography and Planning major can pursue further studies at Honours level in Urban and Regional Planning. Students with honours in Urban and Regional Planning are eligible to apply for professional membership of the Planning Institute of Australia.
A Master of Urban and Regional Planning (by coursework) may also be studied and this degree is accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia.
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2014-15
Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE) 2016 onwards
Please note: to complete this major within the Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours) will require a minimum ATAR of 98 (or equivalent).
University study demands strong English language competency. To be eligible for admission to a undergraduate program at UWA, you must demonstrate satisfactory performance in a UWA-approved test of English. This is the case even if English is your first language.
The minimum requirement is a scaled score of 50 or more in WACE English, Literature or English as an Additional Language/Dialect achieved at Stage 2 or Stage 3 – or an equivalent level of achievement in an interstate or international qualification.
If you have undertaken prior tertiary study within the last five years, you may be eligible for advanced standing (credit and/or exemption).
Applications for advanced standing are assessed upon acceptance of any offer of admission made by the University.
The UWA academic year for undergraduate courses is split into two semesters. You can choose to commence your course in either Semester One (February intake) or Semester Two (July intake).
While there are no strict application deadlines for the submission of undergraduate applications, prospective students are strongly encouraged to apply with sufficient time to allow for the processing of their application and to secure a student visa.
International undergraduate applicants can either apply online directly to UWA, or apply through an authorised UWA overseas representative.
UWA representatives offer application advice and support to future students in various countries. Visit the link below to find an authorised UWA agent near you.
Enrolment type available (e.g. part-time or full-time).
Where and how the course can be studied.
The academic year is split into two semesters. Course can commence in either or both semesters.
Semester 1, Semester 2
Weekly first year time commitment
The approximate number of hours spent in class each week for this course.
18-24 hours contact time, plus your own study time
Standard full-time completion
Minimum length of full-time study to graduate with this qualification.
3 years (BA), 4 years (BPhil(Hons))
Maximum time to complete
The maximum amount of time you can spend to complete this course.
Degrees (available in)
The degrees in which this major can be studied.
This major is available in:Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)All majors (except Economics and Biomedical Science double majors, Architecture, Specialist Music Studies and Science Communication) can also be taken as second majors in any of our undergraduate degrees
A further year of of research study, to gain a higher qualification.