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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.
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 assessments will be provided in the course outline. Topics for internal assessments may include:- A quiz on Antarctic governance and psychology- A discussion and group work on Antarctic tourism- A test on Antarctic marine biology- A quiz on Antarctic environmental management
Liggett, Daniela et al;
Exploring the last continent :an introduction to Antarctica;
Springer, 2015 (Course Textbook).
Averbuck, A. & Brown, C;
Hawthorn, Australia: Lonely Planet, 2017.
McGonigal, David,1950- , McGonigal, David;
Antarctica :secrets of the southern continent;
Firefly Books, 2008.
Encyclopedia of the Antarctic;
Trewby, Mary. , Natural History New Zealand Ltd;
Antarctica :an encyclopedia from Abbott Ice Shelf to zooplankton;
David Bateman, 2002.
Domestic fee $883.00
International fee $4,000.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST 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.