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Majors for Pre-August-2016 Intakes

Geography, Environment and Development

Academic Contributors

Degrees Offered

Programme Description

There is growing awareness of interdependence between the development of our human society and the natural environment that surrounds us. By combining Geography and Development and Environmental Studies programme together with Tourism Studies, the new Geography, Environment and Development Programme (GED) hopes to expose students to detailed knowledge and understanding of the intertwining relationship between the geography of developed and developing countries and regions, the various levels of development in their built and natural environment. Through people’s actions and need for development politically, culturally, socially and economically, we are reducing the capacity of the environment to provide us with our needs in order to exist on this planet thus challenging us to learn how to manage the development of both built and natural environment in a sustainable manner.

Programme Highlights

Students taking this major will take two core modules in the first year which provides students with the basic foundation of both Development and Environmental Issues. For the remaining study period, students have the liberty to access a great deal of module choices reflecting the teaching strengths of the academic staff members. Students may fall into any one of the streams or opt to select across the full range of modules. The programme is designed in a way where students can streamline their studies in either Development or Environment studies follow a broader ranging stream.

As a geographical programme and to provide better understanding of spatial patterns and development of both built and natural environment, a number of techniques will be covered, including land surveying, satellite imagery and geographical information systems (GIS), which can then be applied to examine a range of environments at different scales. A great deal of the study in this theme will be practically-based.

GIS and Remote Sensing application in applied research in Geography and Environmental issues analysis, modelling and demonstrate.

Postgraduates degrees offered within this programme involves close supervision and independent research in students’ chosen field which should be closely related to the themes and strength of experts available. Students are expected to be familiar theories, concepts, and ideas related to their research topic, able to conduct empirical work or data collection and original analyses of literary writings as well as fieldwork data.

Members of the programme are heavily involved in research on related to Urban environments such as built environments including retail and consumption spaces, tourism, virtual communities, welfare, migration, urban development and planning, economic diversification programmes and issues, as well as natural environment issues such as coastal management and development, wetlands, Heart of Borneo and climate changes to name a few. Students are expected to understand and see the synergy between the two types of environment as well as spatial patterns of issues chosen.


The graduates from GED (Geography, Environment and Development Studies) programme have huge changes and options to develop their professional careers in multidisciplinary sectors such as Department of Environment and Forest, Survey Department, Department of Primary Resources, Defense Ministry, Natural Resources management sector, Urban and rural development sector, Education department, Banking and Development agencies, Research organization, Tourism sector and corporate world in Brunei and outside of Brunei.

Single Major

In order to graduate with a Single Major in Geography, Environment and Development, a student will need to have successfully completed a minimum of 72 Modular Credits within 4 to 6 years.

The following modules must be taken as core for the Geography, Environment and Development Single Major:

Core Modules

AW-1201 Spatial Patterns of Development
AW-1202 Introduction to Environments and Environmental Issues
AW-2201 Research Methods in Social Sciences
AW-4201 Research Project


Option Modules

AW-1301 Population and Development
AW-1304 Tourism: Concepts and Models
AW-1305 Tourism Geographies
SC-1401 Chemistry of the Environment
AW-2301 Environmental Systems
AW-2302 Sustainable Resource Management
AW-2304 Economy and Society of Brunei Darussalam
AW-2305 Development and Planning Issues
AW-2306 Geographies of Consumption
AW-2307 Introduction to Spatial Information Systems
AW-2308 Atmospheric and Hydrological Processes
AW-2309 The Physical Environment of Brunei Darussalam
AW-2310 Philosophy and the Environment
AW-2311 Ecosystem Dynamics
AW-2312 Introduction to Geomatics
AW-2313 Environmental Ethics
AW-2314 Ecotourism
AW-2315 Culture and Heritage Tourism
AW-2316 Visitor Attractions: Issues and Challenges
AW-2317 Trail Tourism
AW-2318 Tourism in Southeast Asia
AW-2319 Tourism Marketing
AW-3301 Southeast Asia and The World
AW-3302 Place, Cultures and Identities
AW-3303 Geographies of Gender and Development
AW-3304 Land Administration and Development
AW-3305 Urban Economy and Culture
AW-3306 Globalization and Development
AW-3307 Sustainability Research through Experiential Learning
AW-3308 Introduction to Remote Sensing
AW-3309 Climate Change: Science
AW-3310 Tropical Rainforest Environments
AW-3311 Integrated Coastal Management
AW-3312 Environmental Hazards
AW-3313 Tourism in Developing Countries
AW-3314 Tourism, Society and Development
AH-3307 Global Environmental History since 1500 AD
SP-3402 Energy, Environment & Society
SP-3407 Introduction to Renewable Energy
AW-4302 BSB as a Sustainable City
AW-4303 Social Welfare and Protection
AW-4304 Migration, Mobility and Development
AW-4305 Landuse and Development
AW-4307 Financial Networks in Society
AW-4308 World Regional Geography
AW-4309 Virtual Geographies, Space and Culture
AW-4310 Wetland Ecology and Management
AW-4311 Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)
AW-4312 Environmental Policy
AW-4313 Biomimicry
AW-4314 Advanced Topics in GIS
AW-4315 Climate Change Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation
AW-4316 Environmental Modelling
AW-4317 Advanced Environmental Remote Sensing: Focus on Borneo
AW-4318 Heart of Borneo
AW-4319 Development Policy and Administration
AW-4320 Biocultural Diversity
SB-4301 Conservation & Management of Living Resources