School of Environment


Geography stage II courses

The school offers courses in Physical Geography, Human Geography, Geographic Data Analysis, and Environmental Management at Stage II.

The Stage II Geography courses develop students’ capabilities to undertake advanced studies. Students should note that these courses are prerequisites for more advanced, Stage III courses and so it is important to choose courses that will allow you to progress in your preferred areas of specialisation.

Geography majors should note that GEOG 250 is compulsory, and at least one of GEOG 202, GEOG 261 or GEOG 262 is required.

Please note the information listed under Preparation in the course descriptions below. In most cases, students should complete an appropriate Stage I course first. If you have any doubt about your ability to take one of these courses please contact the coordinator.

Students with an interest in marine science are encouraged to take Marine 202: Principles of Marine Science.

GEOG 202: Cities, Regions and Communities


A critical examination of geographic processes and consequences in contemporary society. Topics are selected from the instructors’ research interests, which include: the transformation of urban places and spaces; the forms and location of industries and retailing; social geographies of the city; New Zealand’s linkages with the global economy and society; urban historical geographies; and demographic and social changes in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

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

Format: three 1-hour lectures per week, plus a one 2-hour laboratory in specific weeks
Points: 15
Assessment: 60% coursework, 40% final examination
Preparation: no formal prerequisites but a knowledge equivalent to GEOG 102 is assumed
Course coordinator: 
David Hayward

 

GEOG 202: Cities, Regions and Communities
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GEOG 205: Environment and Society


A critical exploration of the interconnectedness of environment and society. The course highlights the importance of understanding how different views and attitudes influence people’s interactions with the environment. Key themes include governance, management and development, which are addressed through issues such as conservation, climate change adaptation, disasters and resource use. Classes draw on a variety of case studies from NZ and overseas.

This course is taught in: Summer School, City Campus (SS C); Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format SS: three 2-hour lectures per week and a 2-hour tutorial
Format S2: two 1-hour lectures per week, plus 1-hour tutorials
Points: 15
Assessment: 40% coursework, 60% final examination
Course coordinator:  Karen Fisher

GEOG 205: Environment and Society
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GEOG 207: Field Studies in Environment and Community*


Connections between environment and community in New Zealand are explored on the ground through consideration of topics from among the following themes: biodiversity and vegetation change; land transformation; heritage values; environmental management; Maori resource management; coastal and fluvial geomorphology; regional economics; community development and planning; tourism development and government policy. The course involves a one week field trip. Course limited to 60 students.

*This course is not being offered in 2017.

 

GEOG 207: Field Studies in Environment and Community*
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GEOG 210: Introduction to GIS 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. 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: Second Semester, City Campus (S2 C)

Format: two 1-hour lectures per week and one 2-hour laboratory
Points: 15
Assessment: 100% coursework Restriction: GEOG 210, 318
Preparation: no prerequisites
Course coordinator:
Murray Ford

GEOG 210: Introduction to GIS and Spatial Thinking
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GEOG 250: Geographical Research in Practice


A critical exploration of the research experience in geography. Case studies and field work demonstrate approaches to understanding the complex interactions of social and environmental processes. Students will develop practical skills in problem identification, research methodologies, ethics and analytical practices.

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

Format: One 2-hour lecture and one 1-hour lecture per week, plus one 2-hour lab per week; and a 1-day field trip on either Friday 7 or Saturday 8 April, 2017
Points: 15
Assessment: 100% coursework
Preparation: No prerequisites
Course coordinator: 
Joseph Fagan

 

GEOG 250: Geographical Research in Practice
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EARTHSCI 260: Field Studies in Earth Surface Processes


Introduction to laboratory, field methods and analytical techniques to interpret the dynamics of Earth surface processes. Specific topics include: geomorphic mapping; landform observation and topographic survey; soil and sedimentary analyses and sampling; stratigraphic analysis; measurement of climatic, hydrological and coastal processes; and techniques for ecological measurement and monitoring.

Format: one 2-hour lecture and one 3-hour laboratory per week, plus compulsory field trip: Sunday 10th September to Saturday 16th September
Points: 15
Assessment: 100% coursework
Prerequisite: GEOG 101
Restriction: GEOG 201, 260
Course coordinator:
Nicholas Richards

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GEOG 261: Climate, Hydrology and Biogeography


Exploration of themes in climatology, hydrology, and biogeography with a focus on the nature and role of key processes at various spatial and temporal scales in the biosphere. The role of climate as a fundamental driver of hydrological and biogeographical processes is an important theme.

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

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week
Points:
15
Assessment: 40% coursework, 60% final examination
Prerequisite: GEOG 101
Restriction:
EARTHSCI 261, GEOG 201
Course coordinator: 
Anthony Fowler

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EARTHSCI 262: Geomorphology


Introduces fundamental concepts in geomorphology for geologists and physical geographers. Key aspects of geomorphology, sedimentology, and earth surface processes are introduced by studying the temporal and spatial development of coastal and river landforms. Applied techniques for earth and environmental sciences, including field, remote sensing, GIS mapping, and modelling.

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

Format: three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory per week
Points:
15
Assessment:
40% coursework, 60% final examination
Prerequisite:
GEOG 101
Restriction:
GEOG 201, 262
Course coordinator:  
Mark Dickson

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