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Study climate change with He Kaupapa Hononga

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This page suggests ways to include climate change perspectives in your degree.

ENVI 312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change is the flagship paper for He Kaupapa Hononga. However, across the university, there are many papers which probe climate change and climate change related issues.

Background to the paper ENVI 312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change

Paper information may change, please check the paper information for official details.


Climate change is likely to impact upon every sector of society. It will alter environments and economies, undermine the health and well-being of people and communities, and influence patterns of mobility and settlement. The impacts will be felt nationally and globally, albeit different peoples and cultures will be disproportionately affected. The mitigation of and adaptation to climate change necessitates a re-conceptualisation of ethics, the functions and focus of science and technology, and existing legal and economic paradigms. Thus, the phenomenon of climate change creates ramifications for every academic discipline.

Described by Richard Lazarus as a “wicked problem” (primarily because of its polycentric nature), climate change is difficult to silo into segments within individual disciplines. Rather, it necessitates a truly interdisciplinary approach to teaching and learning. Therefore, in the delivery of this paper, the School of Geography is working across three divisions to provide students with the opportunity to study the climate change phenomenon holistically.

Regardless of their chosen discipline and proposed career path, all students at Otago are entitled to access a structured and formal learning programme that will help them to understand the major conceptual paradigms, frameworks and theories that relate to climate change. This is turn will enable students to weave climate change considerations into their chosen academic discipline, to facilitate critical thinking within that discipline, and to ensure that students are properly prepared for life after graduation.

Paper prescription

Inter-disciplinary Aspects of Climate Change (ENVI 312) is a 300-level optional paper for the Environment and Society (ENVI) minor but it can be taken by any student as an optional paper towards their degree (subject to departmental approval). It provides an introduction to the scientific basis for, impacts of, and law and policy responses to climate change. The paper tends to be taught in second semester.
Paper information for ENVI 312

Contributors to ENVI 312

Contributors are subject to change, please check the subject paper information for current information:
Paper information for ENVI 312

Recent contributors

Other climate change subject papers

Below are both papers dedicated to climate change, and papers that include disciplinary perspectives on climate change as a part of the course.

This list is intended to aid students to find further avenues to include climate change perspectives into their degree, whether it be finance, business, anthropology, etc. Please note that each paper will have its own pre-requisites and degree limitations, which can be found on its paper-specific page.

If you know of any further papers that offer climate change perspectives please contact us.

Subject papers dedicated to climate change

Environment and Society

ENVI 111 Environment and Society
ENVI 312 Interdisciplinary Aspects of Climate Change


GEOG 282 Climate Change: Present and Future
GEOG 283 Climate Change: The Past
GEOG 388 Climate Change: Present and Future
GEOG 389 Climate Change: The Past
GEOG 461 Mountain Hydrology

Marine Science

MARI 431 Antarctic and Southern Ocean Science


POLS 307 Nature, Conflict and the State


PHSI 243 Environmental Physics

Public Health

PUBH 733 Environment and Health

Papers that include a disciplinary perspective on climate change


ACCT 325 Corporate Sustainability Accounting and Reporting


BIOL 123 Plants: How They Shape the World


BTNY 203 Marine and Freshwater Botany

Earth and Ocean Science

EAOS 111 Earth and Ocean Science

Energy Management

EMAN 204 Energy Resources
EMAN 404 Advanced Energy Resources

Environment and Society

ENVI 311 Understanding Environmental Issues


FINC 420 Energy and Carbon Finance


ENVI 211 Environmental History of New Zealand
GEOG 101 Physical Geography
GEOG 102 Human Geography
GEOG 212 / GEOG 382 Transformations in Developing Countries
GEOG 215 / GEOG 384 Urban Geography
GEOG 216 Resource Evaluation and Planning
GEOG 228 / GEOG 328 Uneven Development in Contemporary India
GEOG 276 / GEOG 376 Geographies of Contestation, Action and Change
GEOG 286 Climatology
GEOG 298 / GEOG 398 Coastal Geomorphology
GEOG 392 Climatology
GEOG 397 Environmental Management
GEOG 401 Theories of Development
GEOG 402 Development Planning and Practice
GEOG 460 Climatology
GEOG 463 Geographies of Justice
GEOG 471 Impact Assessment and Sustainability


MANT 337 Organisations and Sustainability
MANT 437 Organisations and Sustainability
MANT 443 Special Topic: Advanced Organisations and Sustainability

Materials Science and Technology

MATS 204 Treasure of Trash: Sustainability of Materials


OCEN 201 Physical Oceanography
OCEN 321 Ocean Physics and Modelling
OCEN 322 Biological Oceanography

Pacific Islands Studies

PACI 101 Pacific Societies
PACI 201 Contemporary Pacific Island Issues
PACI 401 Tinā Pacifika – Women in Polynesian Communities
PACI 402 Resource Conservation and Environment in the Pacific


PHIL 235 Environmental Philosophy


PHSI 132 Fundamentals of Physics II
PHSI 422 Upper Atmospheric and Space Physics
PHSI 426 Fluids, Instability and Transport Phenomena


POLS 207 Environmental Politics
POLS 228 Contemporary Issues in Global Politics
POLS 312 Ethics in International Relations
POLS 323 Marxism: Classical and Contemporary

Public Health

PUBH 303 Public and Global Health: Current Issues

Science Communication

SCOM 109 Communicating Science – An Introduction
SCOM 406 Science Communication Strategies and Resources

Social Anthropology

ANTH 206 Anthropology of Globalisation


TOUR 101 Introduction to Tourism
TOUR 422 Tourism and Global Environmental Change


ZOOL 313 Animal Function and Environment
ZOOL 416 Freshwater Ecology
ZOOL 418 Conservation Biology of Marine Mammals

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Postgraduate opportunities

He Kaupapa Hononga encourages and supports postgraduate research into climate change.