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The study of Geography examines issues from a spatial perspective combined with an understanding of humans and the environment. An understanding of place, space and process can help solve and prevent problems made by people living in urban areas, as by the demands people make on natural resources for the production of goods and energy. Geography at Western favours an integrated and interdisciplinary approach that combines social and physical sciences, and students can structure their degree modules to gain insights into career opportunities that build on their interests.
Western geography graduates develop strong analytical skills in geographic information systems, cartography, statistics, qualitative methods, social surveys and field and lab-based studies. With these, they can pursue a wide variety of interests and obtain either a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree. This broad, integrative perspective makes Western geographers employable in a wide range of occupations. For clarification on allowable module combinations please see the module combination chart in the online academic calendar.
Discipline specific knowledge is only one of the many benefits of pursuing an undergraduate degree. However, this knowledge alone is not enough to prepare you for entering the world of work. You will discover that the content of your degree does not restrict your job opportunities.
Being aware of the transferable skills you've developed throughout your studies will better prepare you for entering the job market and allow you to articulate the skills that are so valued by employers.
Application and use of information, communication and technology skills (ICT), including word processing, databases, internet communications, information retrieval and on-line searches.
Visual presentation skills are developed through the creation of maps and diagrams. These skills are also developed when assignments require the creation of a poster or web page.
Development of these communication skills requires students to use specialized and/or generally available software packages, and to become more confident in the writing and public speaking abilities.
The ability to oversee, supervise and/or contribute to a project from beginning to end including determining outcomes, planning details, making decisions, assigning roles and completing task
Numeracy – the ability to handle, display and interpret data accurately, and effectively display these on a map or diagram.
Spatial thinking – the ability to distinguish patterns on a map and diagram, and consider the implications of these patterns on people and the environment.
The ability to interpret and apply scientific principles, relevant legislation, policies and guidelines to environmental, urban, development, health, economic and social contexts.
For a more complete list of transferable skills click here.