GEOG 202 : Cities, Regions and Communities


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A critical examination of geographic processes and consequences in contemporary society. Topics are selected from the instructors' research interests, which include: the transformation of urban places and spaces; the forms and location of industries and retailing; social geographies of the city; New Zealand's linkages with the global economy and society; urban historical geographies; and demographic and social changes in New Zealand and the Pacific region.

Course Overview

‘Cities, Regions and Communities’ explores changes in contemporary societies and explains these using  core  concepts  and  methods  in  human  geography.  Lectures  and  readings  will  focus  on  the social, cultural and economic processes  that  shape  social organisation  at  different  scales.  The  course  will  elaborate  on  central geographical concepts such as space and scale and introduce students to standard techniques for analysing social change. The course will introduce a range of topics  that offer a foretaste of the more advanced courses available in Stage III human geography courses.  The  course  is  valuable  for  any  student  preparing  to  work  in  educational,  government  or private  sector occupations  where  it  is  important  to  be  able  to  understand  and  engage  with contemporary  social  transformation.  It  will  complement  and  enrich  the  study  programmes  of  students majoring  in  other  social  sciences  such  as  political  studies,  history,  economics,  sociology  and psychology.  Students  studying  the  environmental  and  natural  sciences  will  find  that  this  course offers  a  valuable  introduction  to  the  social  processes  that  will  shape  their  future  work,  such  as governance, management and economy

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 60 points

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Capability 6: Social and Environmental Responsibilities
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify, describe and account for key social processes driving social and economic change (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  2. Relate empirical observations from data analysis to theoretically-informed explanations of social, economic and cultural processes (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 6)
  3. Apply techniques for analysing and interpreting geographical data and social landscapes (Capability 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
  4. Debate with others a key contemporary issue shaping geographical processes (Capability 2, 3, 4 and 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 5% Individual Coursework
Tutorials 20% Individual Coursework
Test 15% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4
Final Exam
Four tutorials have exercises associated with each one.

Learning Resources

Learning resources will be provided section by section. There is no single set text for the paper. All reosources will be available on-line through Canvas.

Special Requirements

Students are expeted to attend tutorials where the course exercises will be explained and debates about the material will be developed through group work.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard 15 point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect 28 hours of lectures, 4 two hour tutorials,  70 hours of reading and thinking about the content and 48 hours of work on assignments and/or test or exam preparation.

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website at

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page:

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter (


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 11/01/2020 03:01 p.m.