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GEOG285 Southern Landscapes

A review of the development of landscapes in the South Island of New Zealand.

This paper introduces students to the geography of the southern South Island of New Zealand. It explores the interaction of physical process and human activities, past and present, to understand the character and dynamics of regional landscape formation, and to identify possible trends in evironmental and landscape change in the future.

Paper title Southern Landscapes
Paper code GEOG285
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1
Points 12 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $760.90
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
(i) This paper is available only to international students. (ii) Every student must have previously passed 36 points (or the equivalent at an overseas institution). (iii) The commencement date for this paper is 1 June (students will not necessarily be in New Zealand but must complete prescribed preparatory reading before the commencement of formal classes on 27 June). (iv) All work must be submitted for assessment no later than 31 August.
Enrolments for this paper require departmental permission. View more information about departmental permission.
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Michelle Thompson-Fawcett

Paper Structure

Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on deciphering the temporal and spatial dimensions of change and developing an ability to read landscapes and comprehend the multifarious causes and consequences of environmental change through a mix of articles, lectures, laboratories and field activities. In the field, students will explore the distinct landscapes of eastern and inland Otago: probe diverse interpretations of those landscapes; examine some of the key drivers of current landscape form, both natural and human related; and investigate contemporary factors that have produced significant changes in recent years. In the laboratory programme on campus, various methods and techniques for investigating climatological and hydrological change will be employed.

Teaching Arrangements

Lectures, workshops and tutorials as scheduled.

Three fieldtrips to various locations in the South Island.

This paper is 100% internally assessed.


Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Interdisciplinary perspective, Lifelong learning, Communication, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course it is intended that you should be:

  1. Experienced and skilled in field observations, analysis and creation of comprehensive and reflective journals.
  2. Experienced and skilled in analytical interpretation, and the preparation and production of laboratory and field reports.
  3. Experienced and skilled in developing a critical understanding and evaluation of some of the major concerns with regard to landscape change.

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system