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This course draws on the insights of human geography to deepen your understanding of how people make places and shape environments. We examine the economic, social and cultural processes that create contemporary places and also consider their possible futures. Through practical work, you will learn some of the key methods and techniques available for describing and analyzing how places change.
We are all shaped by places and we all shape places. This course looks at the broader social processes that shape place and environments, as well as examining how places and environments shape human lives. The course is made up of modules that explore place (from Indigenous and Western perspectives), economies and place (including global economies and local economies), politics and place (including global politics of nation states, as well as urban and intimate territorial politics), population and place (including health and inequalities in populations) and planning and place (including bicultural planning processes in Aotearoa New Zealand). The course operates with an ethic of care and hospitality, meeting students where they are and providing the resources needed to get to the next step in learning.
Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to:1. Describe how places emerge from the intersection of social, economic, political, cultural and environmental processes.2. Explain how places shape human lives, and how humans interact with and shape place.3. Employ a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to investigate places and the processes which constitute them.4. Employ a range of geographical concepts and theories to explain the production of places.
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.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
Three lectures per weekOne x 2-hour lab per module (not every week).Labs have been auto-allocated to non-clashing times according to your timetable. For changing these lab allocations, please use the self-allocation tool, or contact Alex Forster in the School of Earth and Environment for assistance. Please provide her with your student ID number, current allocation, preferred allocations in order of preference. Please only request this if you really cannot make the lab (for example, work or childcare commitments).
Corban Te Aika
Prerequisites: NoneRestrictions: NoneRecommended preparation: NCEA literacy and mathematics
Domestic fee $877.00
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.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 50 people apply to enrol.
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