GEOG 205 : Environment and Society


2022 Summer School (1220) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A critical exploration of the interconnectedness of environment and society. The course highlights the importance of understanding how different views and attitudes influence people's interactions with the environment. Key themes include governance, management and development, which are addressed through issues such as conservation, climate change adaptation, disasters and resource use. Classes draw on a variety of case studies from New Zealand and overseas.

Course Overview

This course has no prerequisites and adopts an innovative mixed delivery method (online and face-to-face). Lectures are presented through a series of recordings, while tutorials are delivered face-to-face (on-campus or through live Zoom). The tutorials are designed as interactive activities to practically translate abstract concepts and theories discussed in the lectures into real-world applications. The tutorials also enable an opportunity to ask questions about the lecture material and prepare students for assignments and the final exam.

The course explores the interconnections between environment and society. Case studies from around the world highlight how people's knowledge, attitudes, social norms, and worldviews influence their perceptions and interactions with the environment, including how they respond to environmental issues (e.g. pollution, biodiversity loss, climate change) and engage with animals.

While the course is designed for human geography students, no previous study experience in either human geography or social science is necessary. This course provides an introduction to environmental geography and is suitable for any student who is interested in the social dimensions of environmental issues and understanding the drivers and responses to the environmental problems confronting humanity.

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. 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)
  2. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of the diversity and depth of human geography scholarship on environment and society interactions (Capability 1, 2 and 6)
  3. Be able to investigate and critique complex environmental problems in Aotearoa/New Zealand, Oceania, and beyond (Capability 1, 2, 3 and 5)
  4. Be able to critically discuss, 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)
  5. Develop and demonstrate an engagement with a diverse social groups’ positions by distinguishing multiple ways of seeing and valuing different knowledges (Capability 1, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Quizzes 15% Individual Coursework
Assignments 25% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 60% Individual Examination
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5
Final Exam

Final grades for Geog 205 are directly determined by the sum of marks earned in coursework (40%) and the exam (60%). Assignments are submitted electronically only, from the relevant assignment page on Canvas. There is no plussage in this course.


As part of the University-wide Tuākana community, The School of Environment Tuākana Programme aims to provide a welcoming learning environment for, and enhance the success of, all of our Māori and Pacific students. We are led by the principles of tautoko (support) and whanaungatanga (connection), and hope you find a home here at the School. Students who have identified as Māori and/or Pacific will receive an invitation to our online portal introducing the Programme, the resources we have available, and how you can get involved.

Māori and Pacific students are encouraged to contact Kimoro Taiepa ( for information about the Tuākana programme.

Key Topics


Special Requirements

To pass this course there is a a requirement to achieve 50% or more via coursework/exam assessment.

Attendance to tutorials is expected and  highly encouraged to enhance your learning and preparation for the assignment and final exam.

Workload Expectations

This course is designed with a budget of 150 hours of a student's time. This conforms with the University's and Ministry of Education's guidelines for a 15 pt course.

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 24 hours of lectures, a 2 hour tutorial per week, and 1 key reading per lecture. This leaves the remainder to complete the coursework and study for your exam.

Please note that these are reasonable estimates but your actual time commitment will depend upon many factors.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience or Online

This course is offered in two delivery modes:

Campus Experience

Lectures are delivered as online as recordings. Attendance is expected at scheduled tutorials to complete components of the course. Tutorials will not be available as recordings. On campus attendance should not be required for the exam. The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.


Attendance is expected at scheduled online tutorials complete components of the course. The course will include live online tutorials and these will not be recorded. On campus attendance should not be required for the exam. Where possible, study material will be released progressively throughout the course. This course runs to the University semester timetable and all the associated completion dates and deadlines will apply.

Special advice for Offshore students

This course is available online to students resident offshore. The assessment and learning delivery mechanisms may differ from that presented in this Digital Course Outline. Please contact the Course Coordinator for further details:

Learning 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.

There is no prescribed textbook for this course.
- Recommended key readings will  complement what is presented in lectures, and additional readings may be suggested to guide students interested in exploring particular topics in more depth.
• Course readings will be listed in Talis, accessible through Canvas. You are expected to use the University Library to access these readings, as well as other relevant references.
• Most readings will be available through the University Library as PDFs or ebooks. Some may only be available as hard copies through Short Loan in the Kate Edger Information Commons.
• It is vital to go beyond recommended readings for your assignments.

The course will also utilise podcasts, movies/documentaries to complement what is presented in lectures.

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.


Other Information


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.

Coursework will be submitted to Canvas via Turnitin, a plagiarism-prevention service which compares your assignment with existing literature and previously submitted assignments.
• Assignments must be submitted to Turnitin before the due time and date.
• Turnitin will place your work in a database to ensure that others do not copy your work in the future.  
• Make sure that you leave enough time to submit your essay to Turnitin, allowing for any problems that may arise.
If you have any queries about avoiding plagiarism, or if you are uncertain about what constitutes academic dishonesty, please contact the course coordinator for guidance.

The University of Auckland has comprehensive policies on academic honesty, cheating and plagiarism.
If you have any queries about avoiding plagiarism, or if you are uncertain about what constitutes academic dishonesty, please contact the course coordinator for guidance.
• It is the student's responsibility to read and adhere to the University's policies.
• Staff encourage students to work together but do not share electronic copies of your coursework. Enabling another to cheat is also a form of academic misconduct.
• Referen©ite – this web resource provides guidance on correctly acknowledging sources of information:

Class Representatives

Class representatives are students tasked with representing student issues to departments, faculties, and the wider university. If you have a complaint about this course, please contact your class rep who will know how to raise it in the right channels. See your departmental noticeboard for contact details for your class reps.



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.


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


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.


Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption, we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and course assessment continues to meet the principles of the University’s assessment policy. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator/director, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the university website for information about how to proceed.

The delivery mode may change depending on COVID restrictions. Any changes will be communicated through 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



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 students may be asked to submit 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. In exceptional circumstances changes to elements of this course may be necessary at short notice. Students enrolled in this course will be informed of any such changes and the reasons for them, as soon as possible, through Canvas.

Published on 10/11/2021 08:22 p.m.