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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 - 2019

We offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate papers in Geography

Papers in Environment & Society

ENVI111 Environment and Society
18 points (first semester)

ENVI211 Environmental History of New Zealand
18 points (second semester)

ENVI311 Understanding Environmental Issues
18 points (second semester)


The combination of dual Geography 200/300 levels normally alternate on a 2-year cycle

Papers in Geography

100 level papers

GEOG101 Physical Geography
18 points (first semester)

GEOG102 Human Geography
18 points (second semester)

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200 level papers

GEOG210 Social Geography
18 points (second semester)

GEOG212 Transformations in Developing Countries
18 points (first semester)

GEOG216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
18 points (first semester)

GEOG280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
18 points (first semester)

GEOG282 Climate Change: Present and Future
18 points (first semester)

GEOG283 Climate Change: The Past
18 points (second semester)

GEOG285 Southern Landscapes
12 points (International School)

GEOG287 Plants, People and the Environment
18 points (second semester)

GEOG290 Field Research Methods (Science)
18 points (full year) – residential field camp in April

GEOG298 Coastal Geomorphology
18 points (second semester)

GEOG299 Freshwater Resources (Monitoring and Management)
18 points (first semester)

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300 level papers

GEOG376 Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
18 points (second semester)

GEOG380 Field Research Studies (Arts)
18 points (full year)

GEOG380 Field Research Studies (Science)
18 points (full year)

GEOG381 Social Geography
18 points (second semester)

GEOG382 Transformations in Developing Countries
18 points (first semester)

GEOG388 Climate Change: Present and Future
18 points (first semester)

GEOG389 Climate Change: The Past
18 points (second semester)

GEOG393 Plants, People and the Environment
18 points (second semester)

GEOG397 Environmental Management
18 points (second semester)

GEOG398 Coastal Management
18 points (second semester)

GEOG399 Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management
18 points (first semester)

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400 level papers

GEOG454 Alpine Geomorphology
20 points (first semester)

GEOG457 Advanced Urban Geography
20 points (first semester)

GEOG459 Biogeography
20 points (second semester)

GEOG460 Climatology
20 points (second semester)

GEOG461 Mountain Hydrology
20 points (first semester)

GEOG463 Geographies of Justice
20 points (second semester)

GEOG470 A Research Topic in Geography
40 points (full year)

GEOG471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability
20 points (first semester)

GEOG472 Developments in Environmental Management
20 points (second semester)

GEOG473 Contemporary Geographies of Southeast Asia
20 points (second semester)

GEOG474 Coastal Management
20 points (second semester)

GEOG475 Sustaining Rural Livelihoods in Developing Countries
20 points (first semester)

GEOG490 Dissertation
60 points (full year)

GEOG495 Master's Thesis Preparation
40 points (full year)

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Papers in Planning

PLAN411 Planning Theory
20 points (second semester)

PLAN412 Spatial Planning and Development
20 points (second semester)

PLAN435 Planning Case Study I
20 points (full year)

PLAN438 Planning Practice
20 points (second semester)

PLAN535 Planning Case Study II
20 points (full year)

PLAN590 Planning Project
20 points (full year)