GEOG 352 : Landscape, Environment and Heritage


2024 Semester Two (1245) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

An examination of environmental change from a historical geography perspective. Approaches to investigating and understanding the transformation of environments are explored, and processes driving creation of different types of landscapes including heritage places are considered. The course enables students to place the modern environment within a historical context.

Course Overview

This course on Environment, Landscape and Heritage examines recent environmental change and the formation of dierent types of landscapes, with particular focus on New Zealand since European colonisation. We cover topics such as: resource exploitation; forest loss; acclimatisation; the impacts of human activity on rivers and wetlands; and processes driving the creation of dierent types of landscapes. Central to the course is consideration of the ongoing eects of colonialism on natural environments and people. We also discuss
approaches to investigating and understanding the transformation of environments. Content is delivered using a combination of lectures, tutorial exercises framed around skills for researching recent environmental change, and guided walks.

On completion of the course, students should have an understanding of past processes and ideas that have shaped environments and landscapes, and be able to place the modern environment within a historical context. It will be of value to students interested in geography, environmental management, heritage, history, or archaeology. It leads into further postgraduate study in geography and environmental management, including courses such as GEOG 750 Environment, Landscape.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: 30 points at Stage II

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: People and Place
Capability 3: Knowledge and Practice
Capability 4: Critical Thinking
Capability 5: Solution Seeking
Capability 6: Communication
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate and discuss landscape, environment and heritage as concepts (Capability 3 and 4)
  2. Identify and critically evaluate drivers of recent environmental changes and physical and social responses to these changes (Capability 1, 3 and 4)
  3. Critically reflect on the connection between settlement, colonisation and environmental change (Capability 1, 4 and 6)
  4. Apply an appropriate approach to researching and analysing selected topics (Capability 4, 5 and 6)
  5. Recognise the strengths and weaknesses of different sources of evidence (documentary and physical) (Capability 4 and 6)
  6. Consistently demonstrate independence in research and development of communication skills through written assignments (Capability 6)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Coursework 60% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 40% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3 4 5 6
Final Exam


Tuākana Science is a multi-faceted programme for Māori and Pacific students providing topic specific tutorials, one-on-one sessions, test and exam preparation and more. Explore your options at

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 Sonia Fonua ( or Kimoro Taiepa ( for information about the Tuākana programme.

Key Topics

Landscape, environment, heritage
The pre-colonial environment
Remaking landscapes and waterscapes from 1840 onwards
Acclimatisation, adaptation and home-making
Heritage and environmental legacies

Special Requirements

The course includes three walks in the vicinity of the University campus and Auckland Domain that are held during the
scheduled tutorial sessions.

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 30 hours of lectures, 7 x 2 hour tutorials (14 hours), 44 hours of reading and reflecting on content and 62 hours of work on coursework assignments and exam preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at all scheduled classes including lectures and tutorials to complete components of the course. Lectures will be available as recordings but other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.

The activities for the course are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable.

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.

The course text is: Eric Pawson and Tom Brooking, 2013. Making a New Land: Environmental Histories of New Zealand (new
edition). Otago University Press. [This is available as an e-book.]

Other readings include academic journal articles and book chapters which are provided for each lecture. There may also be some use of online video resources and podcasts. Details of these will be provided in the lecture description and the associated reading list.

Health & Safety

The course includes three walks (around the University Campus, Auckland Domain, Albert Park). Students are expected to follow the instructions of the lecturer/tutor in charge. They are encouraged to wear suitable shoes for walking and bring appropriate wet weather clothing if needed.

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.

Course content and coursework assessments may be reviewed prior to delivery in 2024.

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 for potential plagiarism or other forms of academic misconduct, using computerised detection mechanisms.

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 31/10/2023 10:52 a.m.