SPCO126-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Land Journeys and Ethics

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
19 Jul - 29 Aug
13 Sep - 24 Oct

Course Coordinator

Chris North


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 16 Aug 2021 10%
Essay 13 Sep 2021 60% An essay on the relationship between journeying and the development of a land ethic.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $785.00

International fee $3,500.00

* 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.

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