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Studying Geography

Why Study Geography?

Geography provides a basis for comprehending and managing many of the issues facing New Zealand and the World - environmental conservation and degradation, social and economic structures, development regions, demographic influences on society, the spatial characteristics and problems of cities and rural areas, atmosphere and management of water, soil, air and biological resources. By studying such themes in different contexts and places, geography helps break down insularity and contributes to international understanding while providing its students with a wide range of vocationally relevant skills, for instance: information gathering, data analysis and critical assessment.

Our flexible degree programmes enable you to choose your specialisation. You can focus on topics across the geography discipline or specialise in areas of either human or physical geography. Your tailor made degree is targeted to take you where you want it to go.

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Topics covered by Geography papers

Geography papers embrace a range of disciplines or sub-disciplines that make a Geographer sought after both in New Zealand and internationally. These disciplines are largely focused on...

Physical Geography

  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Hydrology
  • Biogeography

Human Geography

  • People, Environment and Development
  • People, Place and Power
  • People, Communities and Sustainability
  • People, Space and Contestation

Environmental Management

  • The nature and causes of environmental problems
  • Concepts and methods for managing the environment
  • Environmental management in New Zealand and overseas
  • Science, human values, and environmental concerns

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Qualifications

A variety of qualifications are available through the Department of Geography

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Schedule of Papers

We offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate papers in Geography

The combination of dual Geography 200/300 levels normally alternate on a 2-year cycle

100-level

GEOG101 – Physical Geography
GEOG102 – Human Geography
ENVI111 – Environment and Society

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200-level

GEOG210 – Social Geography
GEOG212 – Transformations in Developing Countries
GEOG214 – Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era (not offered in 2017)
GEOG215 – Urban Geography (not offered in 2017)
GEOG216 – Resource Evaluation and Planning
GEOG219 – Special Topic in Human Geography
GEOG228 – Uneven Development in Contemporary India (not offered in 2017)
GEOG278 – Geographies of the South Pacific (not offered in 2017)
GEOG280 – Research Methodology in Human Geography
GEOG281 – Topics in Physical Geography (not offered in 2017)
GEOG282 – Climate Change: Present and Future
GEOG283 – Climate Change: The Past (not offered in 2017)
GEOG284 – Soils and the Environment (not offered in 2017)
GEOG285 – Southern Landscapes (not offered in 2017)
GEOG286 – Climatology (not offered in 2017)
GEOG287 – Plants, People and the Environment
GEOG288 – Rivers and Runoff
GEOG289 – Geomorphology (not offered in 2017)
GEOG290 – Field Research Methods (Science)
GEOG298 – Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG299 – Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management

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300-level

GEOG328 – Uneven Development in Contemporary India (not offered in 2017)
GEOG374 – Economic Geography in the Post-World War II Era (not offered in 2017)
GEOG376 – Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
GEOG378 – Geographies of the South Pacific (not offered in 2017)
GEOG379 – Special Topic in Human Geography
GEOG380 – Field Research Studies (Arts)
GEOG380 – Field Research Studies (Science)
GEOG381 – Social Geography
GEOG382 – Transformations in Developing Countries
GEOG384 – Urban Geography (not offered in 2017)
GEOG387 – Topics in Physical Geography (not offered in 2017)
GEOG388 – Climate Change: Present and Future
GEOG389 – Climate Change: The Past (not offered in 2017)
GEOG390 – Soils and the Environment (not offered in 2017)
GEOG392 – Climatology (not offered in 2017)
GEOG393 – Plants, People and the Environment
GEOG394 – Rivers and Runoff
GEOG395 – Geomorphology (not offered in 2017)
GEOG397 – Environmental Management
GEOG398 – Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG399 – Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management 

ENVI311 – Understanding Environmental Issues

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400-level

GEOG454 – Alpine Geomorphology (not offered in 2017)
GEOG457 – Advanced Urban Geography
GEOG459 – Biogeography
GEOG460 – Climatology
GEOG461 – Mountain Hydrology
GEOG464 – An Approved Course in Geography (Head of Departmental Approval Required)
GEOG465 – Special Topic in Geography - Geographies of Justice
GEOG470 – A Research Topic in Geography
GEOG471 – Impact Assessment and Sustainability
GEOG472 – Developments in Environmental Management
GEOG473 – Contemporary Geographies of Southeast Asia
GEOG474 – Coastal Management
GEOG475 – Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries
GEOG490 – Dissertation
GEOG495 – Masters Thesis Preparation

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Planning

PLAN411 – Planning Theory
PLAN412 – Spatial Planning and Development
PLAN435 – Planning Case Study I
PLAN438 – Planning Practice
PLAN535 – Planning Case Study II
PLAN590 – Planning Project

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