The Geography Department is committed to facilitating learning through community engagement where possible and opportunities exist for this at all levels. This is part of UC's commitment to engaging with local groups to help make the city more sustainable and resilient, especially post-earthquake.
GEOG 309 Research Methods in Geography
GEOG 309 grounds students in research methods, using a group-work approach and service learning. This capstone course prepares students for graduate work or entry to the workforce. Students develop research projects initiated by community groups.
- Analysis of the North Colombo transitional streetscape project
- Community involvement in Halswell
- Engaging visitors in the glacial valleys using interpretation boards
- Hidden environmental impacts of copper in the Christchurch rebuild
- How is the salinity of Lake Kate Sheppard affected by inflows and outflows
- Hydrological characteristics of Lake Kate Sheppard
GEOG 402 Resilient Cities
GEOG 402 explores sustainable urban development. The course focuses on geographical issues related to urban planning for resource use and infrastructure development. It includes an applied and practical element, conducted in collaboration with the local government officials and local community groups.
In 2013, Professor Peter Newman (Curtin Uni, Perth), a Visiting Erskine Fellow helped make a film “Christchurch: Resilient City”. The film was made with staff (Prof Simon Kingham and Prof Eric Pawson) and students involved with the GEOG 402 Sustainable Urban Development class in which students learn by working with local community groups and organisations on real research problems related to sustainable urban development. Many of the people in the film are partners we have worked with in the class.