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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
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.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
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.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
30 points of GEOG at 200 level, orGEOG206 and ENVR201
Students must attend one activity from each section.
There is an out of town workshop for all students on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August. There is also an end of course Conference on Saturday 9th October. Attendance at both is a course requirement and compulsory.
Domestic fee $1,754.00
International fee $8,875.00
* 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.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.