This introductory course explores the Antarctic continent, the Southern Ocean and the sub-Antarctic islands. It aims to develop an understanding of the relevance of the polar regions to current issues such as climate change, environmental management, and living resource conservation and protection. The content of the course will be a combination of ANTA102 and ANTA103. The course will be delivered entirely online through LEARN, which will allow students flexibility as to when they view the lectures.
Intended learning outcomes
By course completions students will be able to
• Describe the physical characteristics and ecological peculiarities of Antarctica;
• Discuss the biodiversity and functioning of terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Antarctica;
• Question how Antarctic biodiversity is responding to change;
• Assess human interactions with and reactions to Antarctica;
• Identify and analyse the political and legal framework for Antarctic governance;
• Interpret academic literature on wider Antarctic issues;
• Present critical arguments on potential future developments in Antarctica, or affecting Antarctica.
All lectures will de delivered online. You are not required to come to campus at any stage during this course.
Lectures will be held live usually in the evenings 5 - 7pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. You can view the recordings of these lectures at any time.
The course will have a weekly quiz followed by a final test. All assesment will be done online. You are not requried to be on campus at any stage during the course.
Crossley, Louise , Australian Antarctic Foundation., Australian Surveying and Land Information Group;
Cambridge University Press, 1995.
McGonigal, David , Woodworth, Lynn;
Antarctica : the blue continent;
Random House New Zealand, 2002.
Encyclopedia of the Antarctic;
Waterhouse, E. J. , Antarctica New Zealand;
Ross Sea region 2001 : a state of the environment report for the Ross Sea region of Antarctica;
New Zealand Antarctic Institute (Antarctica New Zealand), 2001.
For further information see
All ANTA101 Occurrences
Summer Nov 2012 start (Distance)