SPCO126-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Land Journeys and Ethics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Informed by experiential education approaches, students will complete a weekend backpacking trip with instructors as part of the overall course and use reflections from these experiences, in conjunction with coursework on human-nature relationships, to critically analyse and develop a personal land ethic. The field trip explores the concept of wilderness in land ethics through a direct experience of actual wilderness. The course has a focus on bi-culturally competent and globally connected understandings of the relationships between humans and nature.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the historical development of land ethics.  
2. Investigate environmental, bicultural and socio-cultural aspects of human-land relationships
3. Critically examine the influence of different journeys on human-land relationships.  
4. Identify how particular land ethics have influenced local and global scale environmental problems.
5. Develop and explore a personal land ethic informed by the research literature.
6. Understand and apply risk management strategies to enhance personal and group safety.



Timetable 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 10:00 E5 Lecture Theatre (19/2-18/3)
- (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May

Course Coordinator

For further information see School of Health Sciences Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Presentation 30% A presentation on a skill or the ecological and/or historical significance of a place on the field trip. Due date TBA.
Quiz 04 May 2020 10%
Essay 02 Jun 2020 60% An essay on the relationship between journeying and the development of a land ethic.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $777.00

International fee $3,375.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences.

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