Geography and Urban Studies, Minor

  • Western Sydney University Minor Code: 0010

Previous Code: SM1093.1

Available to students in other Western Sydney University Programs:  Yes.  Check that your program has the available credit points required to complete the subjects in this field of study. Any requisite requirements must also be met. Consult your Program Advisor for further advice.

Students in this minor examine the geography of contemporary Australian cities and regions. Geography is the integrated study of people, places and environments. The cutting edge interests of today’s Geographers include post-colonialism, the emergence of global information economies, indigenous issues, class and cultural disparities, population movement, sexuality and space, and the global diffusion of popular culture. Urban Studies is a newer discipline focused on social justice within the city, through its critical assessments of peoples’ access to scarce urban resources, such as housing, transport, education and employment. The political, economic, and cultural forces that shape cities and urban policy are the key concerns of the Urban Studies curriculum. These applied interests in urban well-being and city structure are the intellectual basis for the Urban Planning profession. The Geography and Urban Studies minor is a compulsory component of the University’s accredited Planning program.


Campus Mode Advice
Parramatta Campus - Victoria Road Internal Assoc Prof Awais Piracha
Penrith Campus Internal Assoc Prof Awais Piracha

Minor Sequence

Students must complete 4 of the following subjects:

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Autumn sessionCredit Points
HUMN 1008 Cities: Introduction to Urban Studies 10
 Credit Points10
Year 2
Autumn session
HUMN 2018 Cultural and Social Geographies 10
 Credit Points10
Spring session
HUMN 2053 The Economics of Cities and Regions 10
ENVL 2001 Analysis of Spatial Data 10
 Credit Points20
Year 3
Autumn session
ENVL 3005 Planning the City: Development, Community and Systems 10
ENVL 3006 Transport, Access and Equity 10
 Credit Points20
Spring session
HUMN 3041 Geographies of Migration 10
CULT 3016 Indigenous Cultures: A Global Perspective 10
 Credit Points20
 Total Credit Points80