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GEOG457 Advanced Urban Geography

Geographical approaches to issues in contemporary urban policy and planning, including employment, housing, transport, social services and health care.

This course provides a critical insight into the social and economic tranformations taking place within cities, current challenges and responses.

Paper title Advanced Urban Geography
Paper code GEOG457
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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This paper is available to students at or above the 400 (i.e. graduate) level.

Please contact Professor Etienne Nel for information on the recommended background for this paper.

Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Professor Etienne Nel

Paper Structure

The course is based on lectures, student-led seminars and a research project.

This paper is 100% internally assessed.

Teaching Arrangements

One 2-hour lecture/seminar per week.


Relevant readings are provided for each lecture.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Interdisciplinary perspective, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students are expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of key urban theories, discourses and practices
  2. Collect and analyse data, and draw meaningful insightful conclusions from a local case study that contributes to wider debates in urban geography
  3. Effectively communicate research findings both orally and in written forms
  4. Critique and evaluate how urban space is shaped by and shapes social and economic relations

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 14:00-15:50 29-34, 36-41