Historical overview of environmental impacts and human expectations from the first settlement of Aotearoa to the present.
This is an interdisciplinary paper on the environmental history of New Zealand, i.e. the interaction of humans and environment that has occurred since the arrival of humans about 800 years ago. It attempts to cover that story in a roughly chronological manner. As one of the last land masses on earth to be settled by humans, and with endemic flora and fauna long isolated from evolutionary trajectories elsewhere, Aotearoa/New Zealand is seen as an outstanding 'laboratory' of environmental interaction. With two main pulses of settlement, it offers unique opportunities for comparative studies of human modifications of the environment and human responses to such change.
|Paper title||Environmental History of New Zealand|
|Subject||Environment and Society|
|Teaching period||First Semester|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$868.95|
|International Tuition Fees (NZD)||$4,492.80|
- 54 points
- Schedule C
- Arts and Music, Science
- Teaching staff
- Convenor: Professor Tom Brooking
Lecturers: Dr Michael Stevens - History, Associate Professor Ian Barber - Archaeology, Professor Sean Fitzsimons - Geography, Ros Day - Planning, and Ms Nicola Wheen - Law
- Required: Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking (eds), Making a New Land: Environmental Histories
of New Zealand, New Edition (Dunedin: Otago University Press, 2013).
In addition, course materials will be made available electronically.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical
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- Learning Outcomes
- By the end of the paper students will have learnt about the extent to which New Zealand is a land transformed from rain forest, swamp and tussock land to giant stock farm covered in grasses of English origin. The complex reasons for the extent and speed of that transformation will be explained, and students will have begun to cross the bridge between the Arts and Sciences and the past and future.