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GEOG474 Coastal Management

An advanced examination of coastal management in New Zealand and Australia. Emphasis is placed on issues associated with sandy coasts, including hazard management, invasive species, subdivision and development, and conservation management.

This paper will be of interest to both Arts and Science graduates who wish to advance their specific interests in coastal systems and costal management. It examines processes of coastal management in New Zealand and beyond. It also examines the impact of people on coastal systems, options for increasing coastal sustainability and resilience, and emerging themes in coastal management. The course focuses on certain issues - including coastal hazard management, invasive species management, the effect and effectiveness of engineering structures, planning for the global climate crisis - but also provides opportunities for students to explore their own interests.

Paper title Coastal Management
Paper code GEOG474
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (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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PLAN 436
Students should have an undergraduate degree in Arts, Science or Commerce, ideally with a Geography component.
Teaching staff

Course Co-ordinator: Associate Professor Mike Hilton

Other staff: Associate Professor Wayne Stephenson

Paper Structure
  • Principles of coastal management
  • New Zealand law and coastal policy
  • Planning for coastal resilience
  • Coastal monitoring to improve understanding and management
  • Extreme events and coastal hazard management
  • Engineering and other options for managing coastal hazards
  • Invasive species management and biodiversity conservation
  • Coastal problems and issues

Assessment is 50% internal (on-going during the semester) and 50% external (final examination).

Teaching Arrangements
The paper is taught through lectures, field trips, seminars, individual research and a research project.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Readings on key topics are recommended.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this paper will engage with the following questions:

  • How have people modified coastal systems - in the past and emerging issues?
  • What laws, policy and regulations exist to address these issues?
  • Are these legal mechanisms effective?
  • What non-regulatory methods are used to address coastal problems?
  • How do we monitor the condition of the coast?
  • How should communities respond to the global climate crisis?
  • What is the nature of certain types of coasts and how are they vulnerable to change?
  • What efforts are being made to restore degraded coastal systems?

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Monday 15:00-16:50 9-14, 16-22
Thursday 10:00-11:50 9-14, 16-22