ANTA101-21SU2 (D) Summer Nov 2021 start (Distance)


15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 November 2021
End Date: Sunday, 19 December 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 21 November 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 3 December 2021


This introductory course explores the Antarctic continent and the Southern Ocean. 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.

This is an introductory, multi-disciplinary six-week summer course designed to provide an initial exploration of Antarctic-related themes. Course content includes looking at the evolution of the Antarctic continent, the dynamics of polar ice, the drivers of weather and climate in Antarctica, marine and terrestrial biology, as well as human interaction with the polar region, including history, governance, tourism, and Gender questions.

Learning Outcomes

The course 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 as well as the role that humans have in caring for and interacting with Antarctica.
The goal of the course is to introduce students to the basics of a variety of Antarctic-related disciplines.

Upon successful completion of ANTA101, students should:
- broadly understand the physical characteristics and ecological peculiarities of Antarctica;
- understand and assess human interactions with Antarctica;
- identify and analyse the political and legal framework for Antarctic governance;
- question how Antarctic biodiversity and the physical environment is responding to change; and
- present critical arguments on potential future developments in Antarctica, or effecting Antarctica, including climate change.

University Graduate Attributes

This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:

Employable, innovative and enterprising

Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.

Globally aware

Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.


INCO103, ANTA102 and ANTA103, ANTA112 and ANTA113

Timetable Note

This course is delivered entirely online. Each week, there are 4 lectures of approximately one hour each, and one hour of live contact via an online Q&A session. Students are expected to spend roughly 15 hours in self-directed time for readings, online quizzes, working on assignments, preparing for class, and reviewing notes.


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizzes 50% 5 quizzes worth 10% each
Online discussion 25%
Final essay 25%


Assessment      Percentage
Online quizzes      50%
Essay              25%
Discussion forum      25%

Each week, students will complete online multiple-choice quizzes corresponding to that week’s lectures (overall worth 50%).

Students will have a choice of three topics for their essay assessment (worth 25%). Details will be provided in the course outline at the beginning of the course.

The online discussion forum (worth 25%) will happen in Week 2 – details for this will be provided at the beginning of the course.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Liggett, Daniela. et al; Exploring the Last Continent : An Introduction to Antarctica ; 1st ed. 2015; Springer International Publishing : Imprint : Springer, 2015.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $910.00

International fee $4,438.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page .

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