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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 - 2018

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 (not offered in 2018)
GEOG212 – Transformations in Developing Countries (not offered in 2018)
GEOG214 – Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era
GEOG215 – Urban Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG216 – Resource Evaluation and Planning
GEOG219 – Special Topic in Human Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG228 – Uneven Development in Contemporary India
GEOG278 – Geographies of the South Pacific (not offered in 2018)
GEOG280 – Research Methodology in Human Geography
GEOG281 – Topics in Physical Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG282 – Climate Change: Present and Future (not offered in 2018)
GEOG283 – Climate Change: The Past (not offered in 2018)
GEOG284 – Soils and the Environment
GEOG285 – Southern Landscapes
GEOG286 – Climatology
GEOG287 – Plants, People and the Environment (not offered in 2018) 
GEOG288 – Rivers and Runoff (not offered in 2018)
GEOG289 – Geomorphology
GEOG290 – Field Research Methods (Science)
GEOG298 – Coastal Geomorphology (not offered in 2018)
GEOG299 – Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management (not offered in 2018)
 

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300-level

GEOG328 – Uneven Development in Contemporary India
GEOG374 – Economic Geography in the Post-World War II Era
GEOG376 – Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
GEOG378 – Geographies of the South Pacific (not offered in 2018)
GEOG379 – Special Topic in Human Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG380 – Field Research Studies (Arts)
GEOG380 – Field Research Studies (Science)
GEOG381 – Social Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG382 – Transformations in Developing Countries (not offered in 2018)
GEOG384 – Urban Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG387 – Topics in Physical Geography (not offered in 2018)
GEOG388 – Climate Change: Present and Future (not offered in 2018)
GEOG389 – Climate Change: The Past (not offered in 2018)
GEOG390 – Soils and the Environment
GEOG392 – Climatology
GEOG393 – Plants, People and the Environment (not offered in 2018)
GEOG394 – Rivers and Runoff (not offered in 2018)
GEOG395 – Geomorphology
GEOG397 – Environmental Management
GEOG398 – Coastal Geomorphology (not offered in 2018)
GEOG399 – Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management (not offered in 2018)

ENVI311 – Understanding Environmental Issues

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400-level

GEOG454 – Alpine Geomorphology
GEOG457 – Advanced Urban Geography
GEOG459 – Biogeography
GEOG460 – Climatology
GEOG461 – Mountain Hydrology
GEOG463 – Geographies of Justice
GEOG464 – An Approved Course in Geography
GEOG465 – Special Topic in Geography
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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