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Study Environment and Society at Otago

Environment and Society looks at fundamentals of the Earth's environmental systems; human impact on natural systems at global, national and regional scales.

It also covers environmental hazards, concerns and issues; ethical, legislative, economic, and political responses and constraints.

See also the subject entry for Environmental Management.

Minor subject requirements

Environment and Society as a minor subject for a BA, MusB, BPA, BTheol, BSc, BAppSc, BCom, BHealSc, BACom, BASc or BComSc degree

Available as a minor subject for a Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Music (MusB), Bachelor of Performing Arts (BPA), Bachelor of Theology (BTheol), Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc), Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), Bachelor of Health Science (BHealSc), Bachelor of Arts and Commerce (BACom), Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) or Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degree

Level Papers Points

ENVI 111  Environment and Society

One other approved paper at 100-level or above




ENVI 211  Environmental History of New Zealand

One other approved paper at 200-level or above




ENVI 311  Understanding Environmental Issues

Note: ENVI 312 is available as one of the elective papers.


Total   90


Paper code Year Title Points Teaching period
ENVI111 2023 Environment and Society 18 points Semester 1
ENVI211 2023 Environmental History of New Zealand 18 points Semester 2
ENVI311 2023 Understanding Environmental Issues 18 points Semester 1
ENVI312 2023 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change 18 points Semester 2

Key information for future students

Contact us

School of Geography
Course co-ordinator: Associate Professor Mike Hilton
Tel +64 3 479 8778