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Environment and Society

The Environment and Society masters programme is designed for graduates of undergraduate qualifications in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management.

You build on your qualifying degrees to gain advanced knowledge and critical analysis of the many and diverse perspectives applied to understanding and addressing environmental challenges.

You will complete a selection of core papers and engage in independent research in the area of environmental and societal inter relationships. The structure of the degree also allows you to include relevant papers from other disciplines such as environmental science, law, and management, and provides an ideal way to encourage close interconnections between theory and practice across a broad range of issues and topics relevant to environment and society.

A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert(EnvSoc)) and Postgraduate Diploma in Environment and Society (PGDip(EnvSoc)) are also available.

Qualifications

Study Environment and Society in any of these qualifications

Prescriptions for the PGDip(EnvSoc), PGCert(EnvSoc), MEnvSoc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Environment and Society papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level papers of their major or all the undergraduate papers of their major.

To complete a PGCert(EnvSoc) students must complete 60 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least one of HIST512 or POLS537.

To complete a PGDip(EnvSoc) students must complete 120 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least 60 points from papers in List A, including at least one of HIST512 or POLS537. Students may include a 30-point dissertation.

To be admitted to the MEnvSoc, a student must have completed either:

a) a bachelor's degree in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management and have gained at least a B+ grade point average in either the best three of their 300 level papers in their major or all of the undergraduate papers of their major, or

b) A bachelor's degree with honours or a postgraduate diploma in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management and have gained at least a B+ grade point average across all 500 level papers.

Completion requirements for the MEnvSoc vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points at 500 level in Environment and Society, including at least 60 points from papers in List A, including either HIST512 or POLS537, 30-60 points from papers in List A or List B and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society.

Students admitted under b) above must complete 120 points at 500 level in Environment and Society, including 30-60 points from papers in List A, including either HIST512 or POLS537, and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society.

Notes:

1. Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, be required to include one of the following research methodology papers in their programme of study: MNGT501, PCSS502, SCIE501, SSRP503, SSRP504.

2. Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, include up to 30 points in relevant papers outside of List A or List B.

List A

List B

Graduate and Postgraduate Admission and Requirements

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Environment and Society papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level papers of their major or over all the papers of their major.

To complete a PGCert(EnvSoc) students must complete 60 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least one of HIST512 or POLS537.

To complete a PGDip(EnvSoc) students must complete 120 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least one of HIST512 or POLS537 and at least 30 further points from papers in List A. Students may include a 30-point dissertation.

Entry to the MEnvSoc is open to students who have completed either:

a) a bachelors degree in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management and have gained at least a B+ grade point average in either the best three of their 300 level papers in their major or over all of the papers of their major, or

b) A bachelors degree with honours or a postgraduate diploma in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management and have gained at least a B+ grade point average across all 500 level papers.

The completion requirements for the MEnvSoc will depend upon your admission criteria:

  • Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points at 500 level in Environment and  Society, including HIST512 or POLS537 and at least 30 further points from papers in List A, and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society, plus 30-60 points from papers in List A or List B.
  • Students admitted under b) above must complete 120 points at 500 level in Environment and Society, including HIST512 or POLS537 and at least 30 further points from papers in List A, and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society.

Note(s):
Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, be required to include one of the following research methodology papers in their programme of study: MNGT501, PCSS502, SCIE501, SSRP503, SSRP504.

Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, include up to 30 points in relevant papers outside of List A or List B.

List A Papers:

ANTH521 Environmental Anthropology (15 points)
ECON515 Economics and the Environment (30 points)
ENVP505 Māori Environmental Management (15 points)
ENVP510 Planning Theory (15 points)
GEOG520 Human Dimensions of Environmental Change (30 points)
HIST512 Themes in Environmental and World Garden History (30 points)
POLS537 Environmental Politics and Public Policy (30 points)
POLS504 Gender, Justice and the Environment (15 points)

List B Papers:

ACCT507 Accounting, Sustainability and a Changing Environment (30 points)
ANTH512 Anthropology and Development (15 points)
BIOL560 Freshwater Ecology (15 points)
BIOL562 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (15 points)
BIOL570 Plant Ecology (15 points)
DEVS502 Sustainable Resource Issues (30 points)
ECON539 Environmental and Resource Economics (15 points)
ENVS524 Environmental Evaluation (15 points)
GEOG515 Māori Geography (30 points)
LAWS570 Comparative Environmental Law and Politics (30 points)
MCOM584 Sustainable Futures (30 points)
STER513 Environmental and Sustainability Education (30 points)
STMG580 Strategies for Sustainability (30 points)
TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment (30 points)

Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:

Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080
Email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz