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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 School of Geography

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Schedule of Papers - 2020

We offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate papers in Geography

Papers in Environment and Society

ENVI111 Environment and Society
18 points (Semester One)

ENVI211 Environmental History of New Zealand
18 points (Semester Two)

ENVI311 Understanding Environmental Issues
18 points (Semester Two)

ENVI312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change
18 points (Semester Two)

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 (Semester One)

GEOG102 Human Geography
18 points (Semester Two)

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200 level papers

GEOG210 Social Geography
18 points (Semester Two)

GEOG214 Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG228 Uneven Development in Contemporary India
18 points (Semester One)

GEOL265 Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG280 Research Methodology in Human Geography
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG285 Southern Landscapes
12 points (International School)

GEOG286 Climatology
18 points (Semester Two)

GEOG287 Plants, People and the Environment
18 points (Semester Two)

GEOG289 Geomorphology
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG290 Field Research Methods (Science)
18 points (full year) – residential field camp (April 20–24)

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300 level papers

GEOG328 Uneven Development in Contemporary India
18 points (Semester One)

GEOL365 Natural Hazards of New Zealand and Beyond
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG374 Economic Geography of the Post-World War II Era
18 points (Semester One)

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

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

GEOG381 Social Geography
18 points (Semester Two)

GEOG392 Climatology
18 points (Semester Two)

GEOG393 Plants, People and the Environment
18 points (Semester Two)

GEOG395 Geomorphology
18 points (Semester One)

GEOG397 Environmental Management
18 points (Semester Two)

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400 level papers

GEOG401 Theories of Development
20 points (Semester One)

GEOG402 Development Planning and Practice
20 points (Semester Two)

GEOG454 Alpine Geomorphology
20 points (Semester One)

GEOG457 Advanced Urban Geography
20 points (Semester Two)

GEOG459 Biogeography
20 points (Semester Two)

GEOG460 Climatology
20 points (Semester Two)

GEOG461 Mountain Hydrology
20 points (Semester One)

GEOG463 Geographies of Justice
20 points (Semester One)

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

GEOG471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability
20 points (Semester Two)

GEOG472 Developments in Environmental Management
20 points (Semester One)

GEOG474 Coastal Management
20 points (Semester Two)

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 (Semester One)

PLAN412 Spatial Planning and Development
20 points (Semester Two)

PLAN435 Planning Case Study I
20 points (full year)

PLAN438 Planning Practice
20 points (full year)

PLAN535 Planning Case Study II
20 points (full year)

PLAN590 Planning Project
50 points (full year)