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    Responses of societies to environmental problems, with emphasis on environmental management policy and practice in New Zealand.

    This paper provides an understanding of environmental management law, policy and process in New Zealand. It is an ideal introduction to environmental management for those majoring in subjects in the Sciences and Humanities who may wish to work in government departments, consultancies or local authorities.

    About this paper

    Paper title Environmental Management: Policy and Practice
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    54 GEOG points or 180 points
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science

    GEOG397 is popular with science and non-geography students wishing to prepare for a career in environmental management with local authorities, consultancies or central government. Non-geography students wishing to enrol in GEOG397 should consider taking GEOG216 in semester 1, but staff will consider applications from all starting second and third year students, regardless of their backgrounds. Please apply to the paper Coordinator."

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Michael Hilton

    Teaching Staff:  Dr Teresa Konlechner
    Dr Sean Connelly

    Paper Structure

    This paper comprises laboratories (including a local fieldtrip) and an individual research project.  Assessment is split 50% internal (ongoing during the semester) and 50% final exam.

    Teaching Arrangements

    Two lectures per week and six 2-hour laboratories scheduled over the 13 weeks of semester.  Local field trips may be held in laboratory slots.


    There are no prescribed textbooks for GEOG 397. The nature of environmental management makes it inevitable that you will draw from a wide range of literature, websites, texts and journals. A selection of readings for each topic will be posted on Blackboard.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Research, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of the paper you should have developed a critical understanding of environmental management practice in New Zealand, including:

    • The roles, functions and decision-making processes of the principal environmental agencies in New Zealand, including local and central government
    • The implications of Article II of the Treaty of Waitangi and Māori perspectives
    • The provisions of key environmental statues, particularly the RMA 1991
    • Planning methods employed by local authorities in policy statements and plans
    • Hazard management - particularly coastal hazard management
    • Methods of conservation management, species recovery and ecosystem restoration in New Zealand, including urban areas and areas of high conservation value


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    L1 Tuesday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42
    Wednesday 15:00-15:50 29-35, 37-42


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    Attend one stream from
    P1 Monday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
    P2 Monday 11:00-12:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
    P3 Tuesday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
    P4 Thursday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
    P5 Friday 09:00-10:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
    P6 Friday 11:00-12:50 29, 31, 33-34, 40
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