School of Environment


Geography stage I courses

Four Stage I courses are offered in the Geography programme, plus EARTHSCI 105 which will be of interest to geographers, too.

GEOG 101 and GEOG 102 are the introductory Physical and Human Geography courses, respectively. These are the core courses for students intending to major in Geography. At least one of these two courses is required for the Geography Major, but it is recommend that both are taken in order to maximise your choices at more advanced levels. These courses are offered in first and second semester to allow some flexibility in designing your course of study. Anyone who has no previous experience of Geography will find these courses appropriate. However, they are also recommended to those who have studied Geography at Year 13, as they will introduce new topics and techniques.

Please note: The letter 'G' in the course number indicates that this course is also offered as a general education course.

GEOG 101: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms


A fundamental understanding of the functioning of natural systems at the Earth’s surface and the complexities of human interactions with these systems. The course examines the operation and interaction between the Atmospheric, Hydrological, Ecological and Geomorphic systems. Environmental processes are used as an integrating theme. Specific topics covered include: the climate and hydrological systems, ecological processes; the surface sediment cycle; and processes governing development and dynamics of major landform types. The course also highlights the relevance of Earth surface processes to resolving applied environmental problems.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour laboratory fortnightly
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework (labs 30%, test 20%), 50% final examination
Course coordinator: 
Joe Fagan

GEOG 101: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
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GEOG 102: Geography of the Human Environment


Examines the relationships among personal geographies and global geographies of uneven development, economic, environmental and socio-cultural change. Using a variety of examples from New Zealand and the world we illustrate the connection between local places and global issues.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week plus one 2-hour tutorial fortnightly
Points: 15
Assessment: 50% coursework, 50% final examination
Course coordinator: 
Melanie Wall

GEOG 102: Geography of the Human Environment
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GEOG 103/103G: Mapping Our World


An introduction to contemporary geospatial technologies such as web-mapping, GPS and tracking devices (such as your phone), and GIS.  Covers key concepts and principles behind these tools and their use, along with practical experiences through laboratories. Critical and theoretical perspectives on the tools, their use, and their social impacts will be discussed.

This course is taught in: Summer School, City Campus (SS C)

Format: three 2-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory each week
Points:
15
Assessment:
50% coursework, 50% final examination
Course coordinator:
Tami Nicoll

GEOG 103/103G: Mapping Our World
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GEOG 104/104G: Cities and Urbanism


What makes a great city? This course explores 'urbanism' in both historical and contemporary cities to determine the essence of urbanity and the way that citizens (and visitors) experience city life. The dynamics and character of cities are considered in terms of their built environment, environmental systems, population, social diversity, and planning policies and practices.

This course is taught in: Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week
Points:
 15
Assessment:
 40% coursework, 60% final examination
Course coordinator: 
Melanie Wall

GEOG 104/104G: Cities and Urbanism
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GISCI 140: Geographic Information and Spatial Thinking


An introduction to the conceptual base of Geographic Information Science, the practical use of geo-spatial data and various societal issues related to the use of Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems. This course will introduce students to a range of contemporary geospatial technologies. It covers key concepts and principles behind the development and application of these technologies. The course exercises cover a range of application of GIS for analysis and display of spatial data, focusing on non-programmable solutions.

This course is taught in: First Semester, City Campus (S1 C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: two 1-hour lectures per week plus a 2-hour laboratory
Points:
 15
Assessment:
 40% coursework, 60% final examination
Course coordinator: 
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