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Geography in Australia’s New (Post-1987) Universities

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Distinct Departments/Schools of Geography have been the exception, rather than the rule, in the post-1987 universities. While majors, courses, honours and higher degrees in Geography have been offered at a number of these institutions and their various antecedents, the Geographers who taught them were characteristically located in multidisciplinary units. Many of these encompassed the Social Sciences, since the place of Geography in secondary schools was nor-mally in Social Studies (or Studies of Society and the Environment) and most Geography programs were developed in former teacher training institutions. The results of a survey of current and former staff indicate that, while Geographers may be playing an important and growing role within the post-1987 universities, the place of Geography as a formally identified discipline therein is less secure.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Curtin University of Technology, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2002

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