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This course draws on the insights of human geography to deepen our understanding of how places are made and inhabited. We examine the economic, social and cultural processes that create contemporary places and also consider their possible futures. Through practical work, we introduce some of the key methods and techniques available for documenting and examining how places change.
Welcome to GEOG110, a course which explores places and the processes which create them. Whether we think of cities, towns or neighbourhoods, places shape what we can do, how we feel and what we will become. Yet places may become so familiar that we overlook their nature and influence on our lives. We may also forget that places can be changed, for better and worse. The course examines how places come to have certain characteristics and how this affects the people living in them. We will look at the economic, political, population and planning dimension of places, addressing a series of questions. Why do some areas enjoy economic prosperity and affluence, while others suffer serious economic decline? What determines the kinds of behaviours and identities that are possible in particular places? How can we understand the population characteristics of cities and regions? And how might we develop policies to foster health and well-being within places? We will use the insights and methods of human geography to explore these kinds of questions. We expect you to take a proactive approach to your own learning through the course, by attending and engaging with the lectures, laboratories and project work.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:1. Understand how places emerge through the intersection of social, economic, political and cultural processes.2. Understand how places shape human lives, in both positive and less positive ways. 3. Employ a range of quantitative and qualitative research techniques to investigate places and the processes which constitute them.4. Critically employ a range of geographical concepts and theories to understand the production of places.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Kelly Dombroski
and Malcolm Campbell
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Domestic fee $817.00
International fee $3,525.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 50 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Geography on the department and colleges page.