Human Geography

Explore how we create the places we live in, and how those places shape us.

Learn about the social, cultural, political and natural processes that connect human beings with place, and explore how we can shape the places we live in for the better.

Why study Human Geography?

Human Geography explores the complex interconnections between people, and the places in which we live. A major in Human Geography enables you to think broadly about the interactions between society, the economy and the places we inhabit. It also equips you to respond to contemporary issues, from the local to the global.

Geographical learning is grounded in deep understandings about different places in the world, and the processes that shape them. You will gain an understanding of diverse places and regions and explore their interconnections, without losing sight of their uniqueness. Human Geography explores the processes that shape our towns and cities, the territorial struggles that shape our world, and the relationships with the environment that affect us as individuals. You will think and ask questions about the world – from everyday life to the global scale – by critically engaging with academic texts, popular media, data and visual analysis, and field trips. You will gain a strong foundation in understanding the complexities of places and regions, essential in confronting the global, national, regional and local challenges of the future.

To view the variety of subjects available in this discipline see the 2018 Handbook.

Where can Human Geography take me?

Human Geography gives you insights into people and places in your own towns and cities, and takes you into the lives and environments of communities across the globe. You will gain the critical understandings needed to engage with changing communities and a changing world. Human Geography prepares you for a career in a range of professional settings, including teaching, local and national government, planning, policy, community development and the NGO sector.

Why La Trobe?

Human Geography at La Trobe is closely connected to the issues and concerns of community. Our teaching is grounded in real-world knowledge and will take you to meet and learn from people in the cities and regions of Australia, and beyond. Join our field studies programs in countries such as Sri Lanka or the Philippines, connect with the creative innovations of social enterprises in Bendigo, and get the inside perspective on controversial developments that shape our cities.

Further study options

If you develop a passion for Human Geography and have a strong academic record, you can undertake an Honours year which will allow you to combine coursework and research in a specialised area of study. Alternatively, if you wish to move into planning you can join our accredited coursework degree, Master of Community Planning and Development.

For those pursuing further skills in research, or who want to look closer at a particular issue, the Master of Arts by research is an option. Students who complete the Honours or Master’s program with high grades can qualify for entry to a PhD program.

Get to know our staff

View the staff leading Human Geography at the Community Planning and Development program page.

You can study this as part of a Bachelor of Arts. View all majors

Key dates

Direct applications normally close in February for entry in Semester 1, and July for entry in Semester 2. For more details visit our apply direct page.

Apply through VTAC or UAC if you're currently in Year 12 or you're applying for more than one course or institution. If you're only applying for one La Trobe course and not considering study at another institution, you can apply direct until applications close in December.

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