GEOG 305 : Population, Health and Society


2020 Semester One (1203) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

A survey of major themes in population, health and social geography. An examination of the dynamics of population complements analyses of health and healthcare, the education sector, the welfare state, and the changing character of urban places.

Course Overview

Geographers maintain that the social and the spatial are deeply connected and are embedded in our experience of contemporary society. Critically understanding how space effects societies, populations and health geographies are explored in this course with particular reference to Aotearoa New Zealand. The course will appeal to both Geography majors and students from a range of other majors and degrees including Global Studies, Social Sciences, and Health Science. The course adopts a critical approach to identify and explain underlying social processes and discusses the practices and policies employed to promote or contain the consequences.  The course will run in Semester 1, 2020.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

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. Display knowledge and critical understanding of the local experience of population, health and social issues. (Capability 1 and 2)
  2. Understand and reflect on one’s own and others’ worldviews, enabling collaborative approaches to health, population and social issues in diverse places and communities. (Capability 3, 5 and 6)
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking and communication skills in academic writing and tutorial activities. (Capability 1, 2 and 4)


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


For all Māori and Pacific students studying at the School of Environment, including in undergraduate courses, not explicitly supported  by tutors in the Tuākana programme, two student advisers are available. Names and contact details for these advisers will be posted on Canvas at the beginning of the course.

Key Topics

Health and Wellbeing
Critically Understanding Society
Healthy Places, Healthy Communities
Population Change and Urban Wellbeing

Learning Resources

Required readings are indicated against each lecture in the comprehensive Course Outline which will be posted on Canvas. All readings are digitised and made available online 

Special Requirements

Lecture attendance is expected
Particpation in all tutorials is required

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 (totalling 150 hours).

For this course, you can expect 24 hours of lectures (which only are scheduled in 8 weeks of the semester),  tutorials in each of 8 weeks, and about 70 hours of reading and thinking about the content and up to 50 hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Coursework due dates are clearly stated in this outline so please make sure you plan accordingly.

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.

This course typically receives very positive reviews for its thematic content, the enthsiasm of the lecturers, and its varied forms of assessment. In 2019, students asked for more discussion on connections between sections of the course and we will be working on achieveing that in 2020.

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.