Bachelor of Arts (Geography)

Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
ACADEMIC SUBJECT 
Year 1 AAG10A Elements of Physical Geography 3
AAG10B Elements of Human Geography 3
Year2 AAG23G Coastal and Ocean Systems 3
AAG23H Introduction to Geographical Information Systems 3
AAG23J Economic Geography and Globalisation 3
AAG23N Political Geography 3
Year 3 AAG33D Resource and Environmental Management 3
AAG33E Feeding the World 3
Year 4 AAG40C Academic Exercise: Geography 6
AAG40D Geographical Research and Field Methods 3
CURRICULUM STUDIES  
Year 2 ACG22A Planning for Geography Teaching 3
Year 4 ACG42B Field Based Teaching Strategies and Assessment in Teaching Geography 3

 

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Course Synopses

 

AAG10A Elements of Physical Geography

AAG10A Elements of Physical Geography The course is a study of global occurrences of natural phenomena and the physical environment associated with such events. Topics include studying Earth as a multi-dimensional and dynamic system, and understanding of the various processes operating within the physical environment and their inter-relationships.

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AAG10B Elements of Human Geography

The course introduces some fundamental concepts of human geography concerning human characteristics of place, factors leading to shaping of the world’s cultural, spatial, political and development patterns. Topics include culture components, cultural change, bases of spatial interaction, migration and behaviour, population change, ethnic geography, systems and evolution of rural and urban settlements, political ordering of space, and impacts of globalisation on development.

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AAG23G Coastal and Ocean Systems

This course describes the landforms and processes operating along the land-sea interface as well as in the oceans, challenges facing coastal and ocean environments. Topics covered include the evolution of coastal landforms, history of sea level changes and shoreline response, current state of the coastal and ocean environment and coastal management initiatives. Particular attention will be given to the coastal environments of the Straits of Malacca and the Singapore Straits and in field techniques.

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AAG23H Introduction to Geographical Information Systems

This course covers the conceptual and technical foundations of geographical information systems (GIS). Topics include basic skills for collecting, storing, manipulating, analysing and presenting geospatial data and information, urban and regional planning, natural resource management, environmental planning through the implementation of modern GIS software. The course provides handson practical exercises using GIS with real world data.

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AAG23J Economic Geography and Globalisation

This course covers global patterns of resource production, consumption and distribution. Topics include regional disparities in sectoral performance (primary, secondary, tertiary), problems of inequality and poverty, impacts of globalisation and the phenomena of spatial convergence and divergence of global economic development, inter-regional and intra-regional disparities in growth and development. It also covers the roles of the states, supra-states, transnational corporations, local authorities and nongovernmental organisations, technology change and economic development, the North-South problems and digital divide. It discusses the limits to growth and development, and knowledge-based economy in the ICT age.

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AAG23N Political Geography

This is a course that engages with the politics of space and place-making. The course will consider how politics has resulted in contestation for space and spatially defined life in societies in terms of social integration as well as other outcomes such as, fragmentation and divides. Globalisation increasingly challenges the territorial meanings of nation-states and the process of nation-building. While seeking to raise consciousness of the importance of geography in the understanding of politics at the global and everyday levels, the course will also highlight the meanings of citizenship and the contestation for both space and territory in today’s world.

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AAG33D Resource and Environmental Management

This course introduces current environmental issues and concerns, principles underlying the various major global environmental initiatives starting from the Stockholm Earth Summit, builds on some topics covered in environmentally related courses in earlier years. Topics covered include Agenda 21, sustainable earth, environmental impact assessment and specific resource (such as water) and environmental management from the global to local scale.

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AAG33E Feeding the World

This course introduces current environmental issues and concerns, principles underlying the various major global environmental initiatives starting from the Stockholm Earth Summit, builds on some topics covered in environmentally related courses in earlier years. Topics covered include Agenda 21, sustainable earth, environmental impact assessment and specific resource (such as water) and environmental management from the global to local scale.

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AAG40C Academic Exercise: Geography

This course acts as a capstone to provide experience in doing Geography fieldwork, collecting and analysing data and develop a final research report summarising results. Banking on the theoretical learning on Geographic methods from the AAG 401, emphasis here is on primary data collection that will be done through a required international field experience and preparing a comprehensive research report. At the end of the course, student teachers will have a full understanding of how to undertake and successfully complete a field-based research project.

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AAG40D Geographical Research and Field Methods

This course will provide an opportunity to student teachers for in-depth learning of Geographical methods. This course will give theoretical inputs to conduct field investigations and provide exposure to various techniques and approaches commonly used in geographical research. Emphasis is on making student teachers familiarised with process of research design, methods, field data acquisition, analysis and report writing. The course will prepare student teachers with the required values, skills and knowledge to engage in the field experience culminating in the Final Year Academic Exercise.

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ACG22A Planning for Geography Teaching

This course lays the foundation for student teachers to teach Geography for understanding. It provides an overview of the rationale and evolution of the teaching and learning of Geography. Student teachers will develop an in-depth understanding of the discipline by exploring geographical concepts. They will also engage in unit planning and explore the diversity of learners in this planning stage.

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ACG42B Field Based Teaching Strategies and Assessment in Teaching Geography

This course emphasises the importance of fieldwork in the effective teaching and learning of geography. Participants will be given opportunities to explore and discuss issues in the planning and execution of field inquiry in the school curriculum. Consideration will also be given to the assessment of learning in geography, both during and after fieldwork, as well as in regular classroom interaction.

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