Capabilities of Geographers

Upon completion of a bachelor degree with a major in geography, graduates will be able to:


  • 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; and
  • demonstrate an understanding of Geography as an academic discipline, including awareness of its concepts, history and principal sub-fields, whilst acknowledging the contested, provisional, and situated nature of geographical understanding.


  • apply geographical thought creatively, critically, and appropriately to specific spaces, places and/or environments; and
  • recognise, evaluate, and synthesise various views, arguments, and sources of knowledge pertinent to solving environmental and social problems.

Investigate and problem solve

  • resolve geographical questions by ethical means, applying evidence-based knowledge, and appropriate research techniques, including those associated with field work.


  • communicate geographical perspectives and knowledge effectively to specialist and non-specialist audiences using appropriately selected written, oral and visual means.

Self-direct and collaborate

  • contribute effectively as a member or leader of diverse teams working in geographical or multidisciplinary contexts; and
  • reflect on and direct their intellectual and professional development as geographers.

Hay, I. (2010). Geography learning and teaching academic standards statement. Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

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