Human Geography

Human geography is a branch of social science that focuses on the relationships between human societies and the built and natural environments in which they operate.

Human geographers understand these relationships by being attentive to the location, space and scale of social phenomena. A contextual approach is often adopted, in which academic theories are applied, developed and modified in light of 'real world' issues and challenges. In other words, 'thinking spatially' can involve synthesizing the theoretical and the practical. Human geography graduates often have easy transitions into the workforce because they have been introduced to actual case studies and problem-solving approaches throughout their degrees.

Human geographers, like other social scientists, seek to collect high-quality data about individuals, institutions, and communities, and analyze that data in order to improve their understanding of societies, and the issues and challenges they face. This approach allows a great diversity of issues and processes to be investigated.


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