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Places are always restless and changing. The dynamism of place is obvious in cities such as Auckland, Sydney and Los Angeles, but it is also important in smaller communities. 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 to document and examine how places change.
Whether we think of cities, towns, neighbourhoods or villages, places shape what we can do, how we feel and what we will become. Yet places can become so familiar that we overlook the extent of their influence on our lives. We may also forget that places can be changed, for better and worse. In many different ways, places therefore matter. This course examines how places come to have certain characteristics and how this affects the people within them. Why do some areas enjoy prosperity and affluence, for instance, whilst others suffer serious economic decline? How can we understand the changing population structures of places? Why are the transport systems of most cities so oriented around cars, and how might this affect our health and well-being? And what about rural places: what processes shape them? In the course, we use the approaches of human geography to explore these kinds of questions. We will examine the economic, social and cultural dimensions of contemporary places, drawing on examples from Australasia and beyond. The material will be taught through a mixture of lectures, laboratories and project work. GEOG110 is designed to complement other 100 level geography papers. It also connects well to subjects such as sociology, anthropology, history, economics, psychology, geology, law, and health sciences.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:1. Understand how places emerge through the intersection of social, economic 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 dynamics of places.
and Kelly Dombroski
and Malcolm Campbell
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Domestic fee $801.00
International fee $3,450.00
* 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.