Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

University of Ruhuna

Department of Geography

The Department of Geography which was established on January 1, 1979, offers programmes designed to establish understanding of the reciprocal relationship between human activities and the environment. The Department is one of the leading academic institutes of geographical research and learning in Sri Lanka.

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Field excursion in Ella- Study of potentiality and constraints of tourism industry
(25 March, 2020)
A field excursion was conducted in Ella on 16 August 2019 to study the implications of tourism.

Field excursion in the coastal area from Wellamadama to Matara- study of observe the coastal geomorphology
(25 March, 2020)
A field excursion to coastal area in Wllamadama had been organized by the Department of Geography on 14 June 2019.

Two day field excursion in TirappaneDS Division, Anuradapura
(25 March, 2020)
A two day field visit to Mahaoya, Tirappane and Eappawalawas organized by the Department of Geography on 11 to 12 February 2020.

Field excursion in Ella-study of spatial diversity of vegetation
(25 March, 2020)
A field excursion wasconducted in Ella on 16 August 2019 to study the spatial diversity of vegetation.

Field excursion in Kukuleganga power station
(25 March, 2020)
A field excursion to Akuressa, Rakwana, Kukuleganga power station and Pahiyangala had been organized by the Department of Geography on 07 January 2020.

Two day field excursion in Nuwara Eliya
(25 March, 2020)
A field excursion was conducted to Nuwara Eliya on 18 and 19 December 2019 to study the climate change impact for agriculture in Nuwara Eliya.

Three day field excursion in Jaffna
(25 March, 2020)
A three day field visit to Puttalama, Jaffna and Delft Islandwas organized by the Department of Geography on 29, 30and 31 January 2020.

Field excursion in Ampara
(25 March, 2020)
A two day field visit to Butthala, Maha oya, Ampara and Rajagalathanna was organized by the Department of Geography on 1 and 2 April 2019.

Field excursion in Hambantota Harbor and Mattala Airport
(25 March, 2020)
A field visit was conducted to Hambantota Harbor and Mattala Airport and Beliatta New railway station on 22 August 2019.

Field excursion inDeniyaya Patna
(25 March, 2020)
A field visit was conducted to Deniyaya on 23 August 2019 to study the development of Patna as an emerging eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka.

Field excursion in Bundala
(25 March, 2020)
A field visit to Tangalla, Kalamatiya, Rekawa and Bundalawas conducted by the Department of Geography in August 2019.
Field excursion in Balangoda
(25 March, 2020)
A One day field visit was organized to Balangoda, Haputale mountain region on 6 February 2020.

Field excursion in in the coastal area from Wellamadama to Matara– Study of experimentation of research methods of Physical Geography
(25 March, 2020)
A field excursion to coastal area in Wllamadama had been organized by the Department of Geography on January 2020.
Contact Info
Department of Geography
University of Ruhuna
Matara
Sri Lanka

Tel : +94 412222681/82 Ext: 3301
Fax : +94 412227010
Email : geography@hss.ruh.ac.lk

Head's Message

I am pleased to send a message to the website of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Ruhuna. Our objective is to offer an excellent learning experience for all undergraduate and postgraduate students, and for the Department to be a key geographical research centre in Sri Lanka, known for its research across a range of our specialties.

At the undergraduate level, the Department provides General and Special degree programmes. The Special degree programmes are offered in both Sinhala and English mediums.Our specialties span in four research clusters:
1) Geography of Health and Population Geography
2) Land Use, Regional, Urban Planning and GIS
3) Geomorphology, Climate, Disasters and Hazards
4) Environmental Management and Protection

We are privileged to enjoy a splendid learning environment in a breathtaking landscape, with laboratory, IT and lecture room facilities in a supportive and collegial atmosphere. At our core, our strength is drawn from all the people - staff and students - who together create and sustain an energetic academic community that makes “Ruhuna Geography”.

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Geography
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level

1st Semester
GEO11613 Fundamentals of Geography Core 03 
ELG11612 Elements of English Grammar Core 02
ITS11613 Computer Literacy & Basic ICT Skills Core 03
SES11612 Ethics, Values and Vision of Life Core 02

2nd Semester
GEO12613 Basic Cartography Core 03 
ELG12612 Reading Skills Core 02
ITS12612 Essential Skills in Digital Presentation Core 02
SLG12612 Sinhala Writing Skills Core 02
2000 Level

1st Semester
GEO21613 Philosophy of Geography Core 03 
GEO21623 Climatology Core 03
GEO21633 Principles of Remote Sensing Core 03
GEO21643 Land Use Planning Optional 03
GEO21653 Global Positioning Systems Optional 03
MNS21613 Mathematical and Numerical Skills Core 03
TLG21613 Basic Tamil Core 03

2nd Semester
GEO22613 Principles of Geomorphology Core 03 
GEO22623 Geographic Information Systems Core 03
GEO22633 Research Methods in Geography Core 03
GEO22643 Spatial Issues and Dialogues Optional 03
GEO22653 Disaster Management Optional 03
SES22613 Information Literacy and Scientific Communication Skills Core 03
SES22611 Socio-Emotional Skills Core 01
3000 Level

1st Semester
GEO31613 Political Geography Core 03 
GEO31623 Biogeography Core 03
GEO31633 Geographical Data Analysis Core 03
GEO31653 Resource Utilization and Environment Planning Optional 03
GEO31663 Advanced Geographical Information Systems Optional 03
CSE31612 Philosophy of knowledge and Research Core 03
ELG31613 Academic Writing Skills Core 03

2nd Semester
GEO32613 Geographical Profile of Sri Lanka Core 03 
GEO32623 Hydrology  Core 03
GEO32633 Applied Geomorphology Core 03
GEO32643 Community Forest Management Optional 03
GEO32653 Medical Geography Optional 03
HRM32613 Human Resource Management Core 03
ELG32612 Business English Core 02
4000 Level

1st Semester
GEO41613 Research Proposal Writing  Core 03 
GEO41623 Coastal Geomorphology Core 03
GEO41633 Population Geography Core 03
GEO41643 Urban Planning Optional 03
GEO41653 Climate Change and Human Response Optional 03
ITS41612 Information and Communication Technology for Personal and Office Usage Core 02
ELG41612 Public Speaking Core 02
SES41611 Soft Skills and Personality Development Core 01
SES41632 Critical and creative thinking Core 02

2nd Semester
GEO42619 Dissertation  Core 09
GEO42623 Tourism Geography Optional 03
GEO42633Internship Optional 03
       
Course Modules Offered for Bachelor of Arts Degree Programme
  Course Code & Name Status (Core /Optional) Credit Value
1000 Level
1st Semester GEO11513 Fundamentals of Geography Core 03 
2nd Semester GEO12513 Basic Cartography Core 03 
2000 Level
1st Semester GEO21513 Philosophy of Geography  Core 03 
GEO21523 Climatology  Optional 03 
2nd Semester GEO22513 Principles of Geomorphology Core 03 
GEO22523 Geographic Information Systems Optional 03 
3000 Level
1st Semester GEO31513 Political Geography Core 03 
GEO31553 Resource Utilization and Environment Planning    Optional 03 
2nd Semester GEO32513 Geographical Profile of Sri Lanka Core 03 
GEO32523 Hydrology Optional 03 
  Special General
1000 Level
1st Semester
GEO 11513   Fundamentals of Geography GEO 11513   Fundamentals of Geography
 
1000 Level
2nd Semester
GEO 12513   Basic Cartography GEO 12513   Basic Cartography
 
2000 Level
1st Semester
GEO 21613   New Perspectives and Approaches in Geography GEO 21513   New Perspectives and Approaches in Geography
GEO 21623   Tropical Climate GEO 21523   Tropical Climate
GEO 21633   Principles of Remote Sensing GEO 21533   Principles of Remote Sensing
GEO 21643   Global Positioning System and Digital Cartography GEO 21553   Globalization: Sri Lankan Profile
GEO 21653   Globalization: Sri Lankan Profile GEO 21573   Natural Environment and Resources
GEO 21663   Locational Analysis  
GEO 21673   Natural Environment and Resources  
 
2000 Level
2nd Semester
GEO 22613   Geomorphology GEO 22513   Geomorphology
GEO 22623   Geographical Information Systems GEO 22523   Geographic Information Systems
GEO 22633   Basic Statistics  
GEO 22643   Development Geography  
GEO 22653   Transport Geography  
GEO 22663   Marine Geography  
GEO 22673   Natural Hazards  
 
3000 Level
1st Semester
GEO 31613   Land Use Planning GEO 31513   Land Use Planning
GEO 31623   Disaster Management GEO 31523   Disaster Management
GEO 31633   Computer-based Geographical Data Analysis GEO 31543   Medical Geography
GEO 31643   Medical Geography GEO 31553   Community-based Forest Management
GEO 31653   Community Forest Management GEO 31563   Urbanization and Migration
GEO 31663   Urbanization and Migration GEO 31573   Alluvial and Coastal Geomorphology
GEO 31673   Alluvial and Coastal Geomorphology  
 
3000 Level
2nd Semester
GEO 32613   Geographical Profile of Sri Lanka GEO 32513   Geographical Profile of Sri Lanka
GEO 32623   Environmental Pollution Control GEO 32563   Advanced Geographic Information Systems
GEO 32633   Hydrology and Water Resource Management  
GEO 32643   Bio Geography  
GEO 32653   Political Geography  
GEO 32663   Advanced Geographic Information Systems  
GEO 32673   Seminars and Presentations  
 
4000 Level
1st Semester
GEO 41613   Regional Development: Policies, Plans and Law  
GEO 41623   Population Geography  
GEO 41633   Coastal Resource Management  
GEO 41643   Independent Dissertation I  
GEO 41653   Urban Planning  
GEO 41663   Irrigation Water Management in Sri Lanka  
 
4000 Level
2nd Semester
GEO 42613   Global Climate Changes  
GEO 42623   Geographical Profile of Southern Sri Lanka  
GEO 42633   Transport and Development  
GEO 42643   Independent Dissertation II  
GEO 42653   Management and Conservation of Environmental Systems  
GEO 42663   Settlement Management