ANTA103-18S2 (C) Semester Two 2018

Antarctica: Life in the Cold

15 points
16 Jul 2018 - 18 Nov 2018


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

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.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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

Timetable 2018

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Monday 08:00 - 09:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Tuesday 08:00 - 09:00 E5 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
1 Thursday 08:00 - 09:00 E7 Lecture Theatre 16 Jul - 26 Aug
10 Sep - 21 Oct


Daniela Liggett , Patrick Shepherd , Dr Gary Steel (Lincoln University) , Paul Broady , Bill Davison and Dr Alan Hemmings (Adjunct Associate Professor, Gateway Antarctica)

Contact Person

Carey Treleaven


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Final Examination
Practical Assignments x 4

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 psychology
2. 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 I
4. Practical session on the biology of Antarctic marine habitats II


Recommended Reading

Crossley, Louise , Australian Antarctic Foundation., Australian Surveying and Land Information Group; Explore Antarctica; Cambridge University Press, 1995.

McGonigal, David , Woodworth, Lynn; Antarctica : the blue continent; Random House New Zealand, 2002.

Riffenburgh, Beau; Encyclopedia of the Antarctic; Routledge, 2007.

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.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

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.

For further information see Geography on the department and colleges page.

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