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GEOG216 Environmental Management: Principles and Values

Introduction to the principles and values that shape environmental management approaches from a geographic perspective.

Environmental management is constantly evolving to address the complex process of balancing human needs and ecosystem integrity at global and local scales. This paper will explore the geographical aspects of the theory and practice of environmental management by paying particular attention to conflicting values, concepts and understandings of environment and resources that guide environmental decision-making.

Paper title Environmental Management: Principles and Values
Paper code GEOG216
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEOG 102 or 108 points
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

This paper is open to all students at 200-level and above with an interest in environmental management.

Teaching staff
Course Co-ordinator: Dr Sean Connelly
Paper Structure

Student involvement in class, small group discussions and brainstorming sessions are encouraged.

Assessment is 50% internal (on-going during the semester) and 50% external (final examination).

Teaching Arrangements

Two lectures per week and a series of 2-hour practical sessions scheduled over the 13 weeks of the semester.

Practical sessions cover:

  • Ecological footprints
  • Environmental management in practice
  • "Green" people/"Green" places
  • Managing eroding coasts
Textbooks are not required for this paper. Readings will be provided on the course Blackboard site.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the paper, students are expected to be able to demonstrate a critical understanding and evaluation of:

  • Major environmental concerns with regard to resource utilisation and social and economic development activities at global, regional and national levels
  • Key principles and concepts that underpin resource planning responses to environmental concerns
  • New Zealand's management approaches to environmental issues
  • Key tools available for environmental management

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 18-22
Thursday 12:00-12:50 9-14, 17-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Monday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P2 Monday 11:00-12:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P3 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P4 Wednesday 12:00-13:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P5 Thursday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P6 Friday 09:00-10:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P7 Friday 11:00-12:50 10, 12, 18, 20
P8 Wednesday 10:00-11:50 10, 12, 18, 20