Geography is the study of the earth in space and time. It considers the variability in physical and human landscapes and their inter-relationships. Geography is a uniquely integrative subject, standing at the intersection of natural and social sciences, as well as drawing inspiration from other subjects in the sciences, arts and humanities. It also teaches us a wide range of analytical and interpretative skills, including fieldwork and group work. It is an ideal platform for securing future employment in many fields and there is substantial evidence that our graduates perform very well on the job market.
Geography affects all humanity. It helps us to understand many of the major issues of today such as climate change, earth movement, global warming, drought and famine, the migration of refugees or of skilled workers, the causes of unemployment, development and under-development and even why family structure is changing in the globalizing world. To do this, we must appreciate how physical factors (climate, landforms, soils and vegetation) interact with human factors (population, production and distribution, political power) to create a 'Cultural Landscape' on the earth's surface.
The new Geography and Regional Planning programme aims at giving students the opportunity for personal and professional growth within geographic education.
The specific objectives of the programme is in consonance with those of the International Geographic Union (1992), which are to: