Western University GeographyWestern Social Science

Course Information

There is a wide variety of graduate courses to choose from in Geography. The style of course varies, from one-on-one specialized courses, to larger enrolment courses. There are two and one mandatory courses for Masters and PhD students, respectively. Debates in Geographic Thought (Geography 9998), which is mandatory for Masters and PhD students, introduces students to the diversity of philosophical and theoretical approaches to Geography by engaging with current debates in the discipline. Students learn how different approaches inform research practice, and thus how to locate their own research within a wider intellectual and disciplinary context. Research Design and Presentation (Geography 9099), which is mandatory for Masters students and optional for PhD students, is a practical course leading towards the production and presentation of a provisional thesis proposal. The logical structure of proposals and the substance of the arguments are reviewed and rehearsed across a broad spectrum of research design strategies. Besides the mandatory courses, students are required to take a minimum of 3 (for Masters) and 2 (for PhD) additional courses, respectively.  

Course registration must be completed at the beginning of every term. Self-enrolment is completed after you have consulted fully with your supervisor. First year students typically select courses after the Retreat.

Students are responsible for maintaining continuous registration with the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. This requires registration and payment of fees every term. Consult the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar for details on registration regulations.

Speaker Series and Workshops

All graduate students also attend the speaker series, departmental workshops and the Geography Fall Seminar.

Please direct any questions to the Coordinator, Speaker Series