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This introductory course focuses on biology and explores how plants, microbes, animals and humans adapt to living in the extreme environments of the Antarctic, the sub-Antarctic and the Southern Ocean. Low temperatures and periods of total darkness are just some of the extremes to be endured. Discussion includes human psychology, and our interaction with the polar region lying at New Zealand's back door.
The goal of this course is to give students a broad understanding of the biological characteristics of and human interactions with Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. This is achieved by introducing students to topics within the disciplines of biology, psychology, arts, humanities, social science, and environmental management, with a theme of global change running through the course.
Learning Outcomes: To understand the biodiversity and functioning of terrestrial and marine ecosystems of Antarctica; To begin to question how Antarctic biodiversity is responding to change; To gain insight into the human interaction with and reaction to Antarctica; To begin to develop personal ideas on the value of maintaining Antarctica as a natural reserve devoted to peace and science.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
INCO103, ANTA101, ANTA113
Students must attend one activity from each section.
, Patrick Shepherd
, Dr Gary Steel (Lincoln University)
, Paul Broady
, Bill Davison
and Dr Alan Hemmings (Adjunct Associate Professor, Gateway Antarctica)
A two hour exam worth 50% and internal assesments worth 50%. Details of the actual Internal assesment will be provided in the course outline but topics are likley to include:1. Practical session on Antarctic tourism and Antarctic psychology2. Practical discussion on the biology of Antarctic land-based habitats. (Self-guided and assessed campus fieldtrip)3. Practical session on the biology of Antarctic marine habitats I4. Practical session on the biology of Antarctic marine habitats II
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.
No Textbook required.
Domestic fee $865.00
International fee $3,788.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
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