GEOG 205 : Environment and Society
2020 Semester Two (1205) (15 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|
- Evaluate key theoretical ideas about human-environment relations using place-based case studies from Aotearoa/New Zealand and beyond (Capability 1, 2, 5 and 6)
- Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the diversity and depth of human geography scholarship on environment and society interactions (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
- Be able to investigate and critique complex environmental problems in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Oceania, and beyond (Capability 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
- Be able to work to organise and synthesise environmental geographical knowledge about how different views, attitudes, and values influence people’s interactions with the environment (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)
- Develop and demonstrate engagement with a diverse social groups’ positions by distinguishing multiple ways of seeing and valuing different knowledges (Capability 1, 4, 5 and 6)
|Assignment: Online Exercises||18%||Individual Coursework|
|Final Exam||60%||Individual Coursework|
|Assessment Type||Learning Outcome Addressed|
|Assignment: Online Exercises|
- Final grades will be based upon the sum of the marks earned in the coursework and exam
- There is no plussage in this course
- Nature and society: different perceptions
- Environment, society and law
- Indigenous knowledge and environmental management
- Managing freshwater and seas
- Political economy of water and food
- Current food production and consumption practices
- Alternative food initiatives
- Soil, contamination, and betters ways of caring for soil
- Environmental justice and climate justice
- Perceptions of climate change: from acceptance to denialism
- Responses to climate change: mitigation and adaptation
The course is designed with a budget of 150 hours of a student’s time. This conforms to the University and the Ministry of Education guidelines for a 15-point course. There are 30 hours lectures and approximately 25 hours for reading accompanying the lectures. This leaves the remainder to complete the coursework and study for your exam.
At University students are expected manage their own workload. Please be aware that time management issues are a significant cause of student anxiety. There are key crisis points, such as Week 5, 7 and Week 10, when assessment due dates often overlap in multiple courses. Please try and be proactive and plan to avoid this by completing your course work as early as possible.
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.
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.
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 http://disability.auckland.ac.nz
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: https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.
This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.
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.
The School of Environment values student feedback on its courses and programmes. Formal SET evaluations are held for the lecturer and the course each semester. Additionally feedback is encouraged at all times. Throughout the semester Meg and other members of the teaching team will use Piazza to ask the students how the course is going. Meg will run anonymous polls in Piazza to get feedback throughout the semester about how the course is running and student views about specific aspects of the course material (such as what video format is most popular or what is the best feature of tutorials). In addition, GEOG205 will have one class representative who will attend the School of Environment’s Staff-Student Postgraduate Consultative Committee. Contact details for the “class rep” will be posted on the syllabus page of Canvas.
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 (https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html).
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.