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This course will develop your ability to undertake research that supports resilient environments and communities. Drawing on problem-based and service learning approaches, you will design and complete a research project in collaboration with a community partner. The training, practice and critical evaluation of the research will be carried out in groups, and you will communicate your research findings using spoken, numerical and written skills. The course begins with a short fieldtrip, and then progresses through occasional lectures and regular project group meetings, supported by web-based resources. It concludes with a public conference. The emphasis is on students working together to solve real world problems using skills that are transferable to the workplace.
The goal of this course is to develop students’ abilities to undertake geographical research, whilst gaining an appreciation of how to work in the community on ‘real’ issues, and developing team-work skills. Students successfully completing this course should have an understanding of:How to conceive, develop and execute a research project using problem-based learningHow to work successfully with others using service learningHow research is framed by broader conceptual and analytical frameworksEffective research designStudents will be able to:Undertake and deliver a research programme in a specified amount of timeWork effectively in groups Select and use appropriate geographical techniques in researchReflect critically on their research and that of others
30 points of GEOG at 200 level, or GEOG206 and ENVR201
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is an out of town workshop for all students on Saturday to Sunday 3-4 August. Attendance at this is a course requirement and no exceptions can be made.
Domestic fee $1,701.00
International fee $8,000.00
* 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.