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GEOG228 Geographies of Global Development and Sustainability

An examination of contemporary global development processes, with an emphasis on the implications for countries of the global South.

This paper introduces the range of debates concerning the historical and present conditions of the geographies of India. By focusing upon the issues that are significant in the ongoing transformation of India, this paper encourages students to critically explore processes of development. The course co-ordinator has extensive field research experience in a great number of different contexts in India, from small remote villages to booming metropolises, and these will be drawn upon throughout the paper. Innovative teaching methods used in this paper include extensive use of documentary films and multimedia and specially prepared tutorial guides to help guide reading and analysis.

India is a large, diverse and complex country. Nevertheless, it is also highly accessible to the outsider, and there is a great range of very useful resources that will assist with your exploration of the country this semester. To fully appreciate the subtle differences found between regions and between different groups of people requires some dedication on your part. In order to get the most out of this paper you are encouraged to actively participate. Please come along to class and ask questions. Also, please read as much as you can from the list of prescribed texts and elsewhere and watch the recommended documentaries and online clips.

Paper title Geographies of Global Development and Sustainability
Paper code GEOG228
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2023 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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GEOG 102 or 108 points
GEOG 328
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Doug Hill

Paper Structure

The paper is divided into sections that reflect major sub-disciplines in human geography, including:

  • Social geography
  • Political geography
  • Urban and economic geography
  • Rural development
  • Geographies of water, environment and religion

Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination).

Teaching Arrangements

Two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute tutorial per week.

There is no set textbook for this paper. Instead, there is a course reader that contains recommended readings for each week, as well as a range of other resources.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global Perspective, Communication, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Environmental Literacy, Information Literacy, Research, Self-Motivation, Teamwork.
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Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the paper will:

  1. Understand the historical, social, political and economic forces that have shaped Indian development
  2. Understand the complexity and the diversity of India and, by using key themes and concepts in human geography, critically examine the way that this affects different sectors and social groups
  3. Develop critical writing and analytical skills through essays, group exercises, examinations and participation in tutorial discussions
  4. Be familiar with the major theoretical debates on development policy in India
  5. Be able to identify a range of major socioeconomic processes underway in India at a variety of scales
  6. Understand how different sub-disciplines of human geography can be used to interrogate India's development issues at a variety of scales

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Not offered in 2023

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system