Environmental Planning

Environmental Planning at Waikato develops your knowledge of how human behaviour affects the environment. We'll inspire you to understand how social, economic and cultural aspects, and the physical environment contribute to problems and provide solutions.

Daisy Ager

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
After spending a year abroad on a cultural exchange in Egypt, Tauranga-born Daisy returned to New Zealand to commence her tertiary studies at Waikato. “Hamilton was close to home, but at the same time a new place to live and explore.”

Layla Croker

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
Working as the Regulatory Administration Officer for the Pollution Prevention team in Tauranga, Layla Croker has the sole responsibility of monitoring the installation of water bores in the region.

Hannah Divehall

Bachelor of Social Sciences
Hannah is part of a team that works with the community to develop and create long term plans and strategies that set out management directions and future aspirations for public conservation land across New Zealand.

Lana Gooderham

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
Choosing to study Environmental Planning at Waikato was an easy choice for South African-born, Lana Gooderham, a girl who loves the environment and had heard about the uniqueness and reputation of the Bachelor of Environmental Planning.

Joe Henehan

Bachelor of Environmental Planning
Joe Henehan chose to study at Waikato because he wanted somewhere close to home, but away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland.

During your Environmental Planning studies, we'll involve you in a variety of other academic pursuits that enable you to understand the interdisciplinary nature of environmental issues. You'll take papers in the social and natural sciences and make direct connections between human behaviour, politics and the natural environment.

Learning isn't all in the classroom, either. We take frequent field trips to explore first-hand the impact humans have on the local environment. You'll do practical group research projects such as investigate urban regeneration of the Central Business District and study policy options to manage human impact on coastal dune systems.

If you study Environmental Planning under the Bachelor of Environmental Planning (BEP) then you will gain an internationally recognised qualification that is professionally accredited by the New Zealand Planning Institute (NZPI). This means our students gain employment in their area of interest and after graduation start jobs as planners, consultants, environmental protection officers, or policy analysts, and work for companies like Fonterra and Genesis Energy.

It's a vocational programme, which means you'll have the professional qualification, skills and expertise that will enable you to make a positive impact on the places you love and the places you live.

 Career opportunities

  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Planner
  • Policy Analyst
  • Private Consultant
  • Project Manager
  • Researcher

100 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC101Indigenous Social Science Research18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
With an emphasis on indigenous ways of understanding and knowing, students engage with critical questions about social issues, examine a range of social science research strategies and techniques, and consider the ethical values required of researchers engaged with indigenous peoples and communities.
ARTSC102Arts Affects<>Effects18A (Hamilton)
A survey course introducing several art-forms, developing both understanding of the functions the arts play in society and key academic skills through an examination of the roles of performers and audiences.
ARTSC103Rights and Reasons18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga) & 18B (Hamilton)
Students will develop critical thinking skills by reasoning about human rights. Issues include rights-protection in difficult circumstances, who bears responsibility for protecting human rights, and armed intervention and torture in the name of human rights.
ARTSC104Undergraduate Research Writing for ESL Students18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers research, approaches to and techniques for different writing genres, analysis of English text and discourse, and an understanding of issues in academic integrity .
ARTSC105Language in Context18A (Hamilton)
This paper examines the way in which language is used as an expression of a speaker's culture and social group, and considers how language varies according to social context.
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds18A (Hamilton)
This multi-disciplinary paper offers students a rich context in which to develop arts-based reading, writing and research skills. It is structured around stories of cultural encounter and journeys through place and time, and focuses on a variety of printed and electronic texts, moving and still images, and sound. The paper is deliv...
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper introduces University of Waikato social scientists as researchers. Each presenter’s research will be discussed to demonstrate how it illustrates key themes of the social sciences and their specific disciplines.
BIOEB102Introduction to Ecology and Biodiversity18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the principles of ecology and biodiversity. Topics include population, community and ecosystem ecology, conservation biology, and the structure, functioning and environmental responses of animals and plants. Examples will include New Zealand ecosystems and biota.
EARTH101Introduction to Earth System Sciences18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
EARTH102Discovering Planet Earth18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the Earth's interior and its dynamic interaction with the crust, including: the major rocks and minerals; interpreting the rock record and geologic maps; the geological time scale and fossils; plate tectonics; volcanism; earthquakes.
ECONS101Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper offers insights into the behaviour of consumers, firms and the government within the economy, giving students skills in analysing and predicting the actions of individuals and businesses.
ECONS102Economics and Society18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces selected economic models, with a focus on developing and applying critical thinking skills to a range of business and social issues and to economic policies.
ENVPL100Introduction to Environmental Planning18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces the nature of environmental problems and examines how planning can influence these. The paper explores concepts, policy and planning processes in connection with selected planning issues.
ENVPL101Future Cities18B (Hamilton)
To provide an understanding of the key issues that are placing cities under pressure and how environmental planning can provide a response.
ENVSC101Environmental Science18B (Hamilton)
A scientific study of the interaction between humans and the environment including climate change, utilisation and exploitation of natural resources and the effects of human activities on biological, chemical and physical processes that form resources and control ecosystems.
GEOGY101People and Place18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
An introduction to the new geographies of globalisation and cultural change. A foundation for second year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, regional geography, tourism, and Maori lands and communities.
GEOGY103Environment and Society18A (Hamilton)
This paper addresses implications for the global environment of different forms of societal activity. Content draws on the analysis of such topics as water, energy, climate change, and food.
IRSST103Introduction to International Relations18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This paper provides an introduction to the study of international relations in an era of globalisation. It covers the historical background, key concepts and theories, case studies, and contemporary developments in the study of world politics.
MAORI102He Hinatore ki te Ao Maori: Introducing the Maori World18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Online)
An introduction to the Maori world view, social organisation, cultural concepts, including Maori astronomy, and their relevance in a contemporary society.
MAORI111Te Reo Maori: Introductory 118A (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
An introductory paper for students with little or no knowledge of the Maori language which provides basic everyday language such as: greetings, farewells, focusing on family relationships, numbers, time, shopping, talking about a trip and commands.
MAORI112Te Reo Maori: Introductory 218B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper extends the language and communication skills developed in MAORI111 to include the language of mealtimes, instructions/commands, expression/idioms, describing clothing and parts of the body, and a variety of Marae protocol.
MAORI150Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi18A (Tauranga) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time.
POLSC102New Zealand Politics and Policy18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a foundation for the study of public policy, with a particular focus on the New Zealand government context and the "politics" of policy making.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies. The paper will include presentations by guest speakers who are active in implementing social policies in our community.

200 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
BIOEB202Principles of Ecology18B (Hamilton)
This paper covers the principles of ecology, including adaptation to the environment, intra- and inter-specific interactions, community and ecosystem dynamics, and biogeography. Weekend field trips and computer laboratory work are essential elements.
EARTH221Soil Science18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the nature, formation, and classification of soils, their physical, chemical, mineralogical, and biological properties, and issues of soil quality, land degradation and sustainable management.
EARTH231Water Resources, Weather and Climate18A (Hamilton)
New Zealand's water resources are coming under increasing pressure for human use, while their management requires that they also provide for healthy freshwater ecosystems. This paper describes the key physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time from a New Zealand perspective. Topics covered include...
EARTH241Oceanography18B (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
ECONS200Understanding the Global Economy18A (Hamilton), 18A (Tauranga), 18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on developing understanding of contemporary global issues, including economic well-being, sustainable growth, emerging economies, world trade and globalisation.
ECONS202Economic Growth and WellbeingThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ECONS204Economics of Land, Water and Environment18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a detailed understanding of the role of economic analysis in solving real world environmental problems including pollution, sustainable development, resource scarcity, and climate change.
ENVPL200Environmental Planning18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the context of urban and regional planning; general principles, theories and processes of planning; and development and implementation of planning policy.
ENVPL201Introduction to Resource Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide students with an introduction to law and policy relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.
ENVPL202Cartography and Spatial Analysis18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper is the second year component of the GIS stream in Geography; it balances technical skill developments and critical analyses in urban and environmental planning.
ENVSC201Environmental Monitoring18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to reasons for, and design and implementation of, environmental monitoring in New Zealand. Skills in data collection, management, presentation, and interpretation are developed for a range of environments using both field data collection and published data-sets.
GEOGY209Health, People, Place18B (Hamilton)
This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales.
GEOGY219Maori Lands and Communities18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to Maori geographical perspectives and examines key events that shape Maori communities and their relationships to land, water and other taonga.
MAORI202Nga Iho Matua: Maori Philosophy18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the philosophical underpinnings of seminal tikanga Maori concepts, and their influence both historically and in contemporary Maori culture.
MAORI203Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples18A (Hamilton)
The paper looks at the detrimental effects that research has historically had on Indigenous peoples and the relatively recent creation of research methodologies by Indigenous peoples to counteract Imperial research, and to empower and decolonise.
MAORI211Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 118A (Hamilton), 18A (Online) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the skills acquired in MAORI112, developing a complexity in language skills required in the communication of detailed travel directions, describing internal and external characteristics of a person and describing objects.
MAORI212Te Reo Maori: Intermediate 218B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper builds on the skills acquired in MAORI211, developing further language skills required in Maori for communication about feelings, emotions, and describing the weather.
MAORI250Maori Politics18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper examines Maori and Indigenous politics in a broad sense, from key ideas such as sovereignty, tino rangatiratanga, and autonomy, through to crucial forms of resistance via various political structures including local, Iwi, national and global Indigenous movements.
PHILO217Environmental Ethics18S (Hamilton) & 18S (Online)
A study of ethical questions about the relation of humans to the rest of the natural world, including the attribution of value and rights to the non-human world and ethical issues in environment and development.
POLCY212Public Policy: International Perspectives18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the theory and practice of public policy and comparative policy analysis.
POLSC201Modern Political Thinkers18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This course examines the ideas of a number of modern political thinkers such as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx.
POLSC211Political Systems around the World18A (Hamilton)
The paper introduces the comparative study of political institutions, the study of the politics of a number of countries, their similarities and differences, from established democracies toauthoritarian regimes.
POPST201Population Studies18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
SCIE279Preparation for the Professional WorkplaceThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.

300 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
AGRI304Advanced New Zealand Agribusiness18B (Hamilton)
An exploration of the governance and performance of agribusiness domestically and internationally.
ANTH325Maori Heritage Management18T (Hamilton)
This paper is concerned with interpreting and protecting the Maori cultural landscape, especially in relation to current legislation, the Treaty of Waitangi settlement process, and issues of iwi/hapu development.
BIOL312Applied Terrestrial Ecology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
A course that explores ecological principles, ecosystem dynamics and functioning, restoration, conservation genetics, conservation ecology, forest ecosystems, pest control and protection of native species.
BIOL313Applied Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Tauranga)
An introduction to the ecology of lakes and rivers. Topics covered include the structure and function of major freshwater communities, fish and fisheries, human impacts and the management of inland waters.
BIOL314Marine Biology and Monitoring18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the structure and function of marine ecosystems. This paper also covers human impacts on marine environments, including fisheries, as well as the design of ecological surveys and experiments. Field trip and practical classes are integral to the course.
ECON302Microeconomics and Business Economics18B (Hamilton)
An introduction to the formal analysis of consumption and business decisions using economic models. Both analytical and numerical methods are used to gain an indepth understanding of important processes.
ECON304Econometrics18A (Hamilton)
Linear regression and binary response analysis of economic and financial data with an emphasis on interpretation, computer applications, and forecasting.
ECON315Environmental and Natural Resource Economics18A (Hamilton)
An examination of the economics of sustainable development, resource use, pollution control and the conservation of the environment, including practical applications.
ECON317Economics, Law and PolicyThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ECON339Urban and Regional EconomicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENVP305Maori Planning and Resource Management18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces Maori principles of resource management and examines their relevance to contemporary planning processes.
ENVP306Planning in Aotearoa/New Zealand18A (Hamilton)
This paper extends students' knowledge of contemporary planning in New Zealand, and provides a practical understanding of the range of different types of planning that can be expected for New Zealand settlements.
ENVP307Planning for Sustainability18B (Hamilton)
This paper critically examines the contested notion of sustainability in both rural and urban planning contexts and explores current developments and best practice in these areas.
ENVP308Planning Methods and Environmental Appraisal18B (Hamilton)
This paper is divided into two modules, specifically, methods of environmental appraisal related to soil, water and air resources in the Waikato region, and methods useful to planning.
ENVP361Special Topic: Planning Methods18B (Hamilton)
Students develop familiarity with a variety of planning methods relating to: plan making and policy development; resource consents and designations; and research.
ENVP390Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18S (Hamilton)
The paper involves independent but guided research on a planning topic of the student's choice.
ERTH322Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology18B (Hamilton)
A study of sedimentary processes, depositional environments, sedimentary basins and associated resources (petroleum and coal). Introduction to sequence stratigraphy, seismic reflection mapping and wireline logging as used in the petroleum exploration industry.
ERTH333Pedology and Land Evaluation18B (Hamilton)
Soil genesis and spatial variability, quantitative soil survey and soil-landscape modelling, soil taxonomy, and the interpretation of soil and land data in a form applicable to land-use planning and management.
ERTH334Soil and Land Management18A (Hamilton)
Analysis and interpretation of soil properties relating to land and environmental management. Soil fertility, soil water management, land treatment of wastes, soil degradation and remediation, soil nitrogen and phosphorus cycling.
ERTH343Coastal Geomorphology and Management18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
A study of the geomorphic development of coastal features. Topics include qualitative and semi-quantitative assessments of coastal hazards, impacts of sea-level rise, dredge spoil disposal, stability of coasts, coastal protection and mitigation of hazards.
ERTH344Coastal Oceanography and Engineering18A (Hamilton)
A study of water movement in estuarine and shelf environments. Methodologies for quantifying processes and responses for coastal planning and management. Evaluation of design conditions for engineering purposes. Introduction to numerical modelling.
ERTH345Catchment Hydrology18A (Hamilton)
A study of the measurement, analysis and modelling of surface hydrological processes at the catchment scale, emphasising river flow, evaporation, interception loss and hillslope runoff processes.
ERTH346Freshwater Resources and Hazards18B (Hamilton)
Overview of freshwater resources and their analysis, with some emphasis on groundwater resources; introduction to hydrological hazards including flood hazard analysis and river contamination modelling.
ERTH352Engineering Geology18A (Hamilton)
Study of the nature and mechanics of soil instability, slope erosion processes and the physical properties of earth materials. Mitigation and avoidance of hazards resulting from slope instability and associated erosion processes.
ERTH384Advanced Environmental MonitoringThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
FASS396Work Placement18C (Block) & 18D (Block)
This paper enables students to undertake work placement in an area related to their major as part of their degree. Students work in a chosen field for a period of time in order to gain valuable work experience and learn from experts in their chosen field.
GEOG301Research in Geography and Environmental Planning18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the practice of geographical research via student-led, staff-supported research projects.
GEOG306Disasters and Development18A (Hamilton)
This paper investigates differences in the impacts of disasters between the so-called developed and developing worlds. In particular, recent theoretical developments in the study of disasters and motilities are considered.
GEOG309Gender, Place and Culture18A (Hamilton)
This paper is a forum for debate in human geography on 'difference'. Key concerns are the intersections between gender, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, class, age and other social divisions in relation to space, place and environment.
GEOG323Colonial Treaties and Tribal Lands: Comparative Studies18B (Hamilton)
A review of the Treaty of Waitangi and the impact of European colonisation on Maori land tenure systems, with comparative studies of treaty issues and indigenous land rights in North America and the Pacific.
GEOG328Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton), 18A (Online), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18B (Tauranga)
GIS is widely used for providing information through mapping and spatial analysis. This paper will teach you how to use GIS, including an overview of data, analysis functions and applications.
POLS318Global Environmental Politics and Policy18A (Hamilton)
The aim of this paper is to understand and critically evaluate the development of environmental policy and the politics of environmental policy processes in the international arena.
SCIE372Science Work Placement 218C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE373Science Work Placement 318C (Hamilton)
This paper requires a period of work experience in an appropriate and approved industry or applied field. Assessment is by written reports and employer feedback.
SCIE379Reflection on Professional Workplace Experience18A (Hamilton)
This paper will encapsulate post-placement reflection and will focus on reflective learning from the placement experience, self-assessment outcomes initiated in the pre-workplace paper, portfolio completion, skill-gap revisited, career mentoring/direction, CV update, next placement selection process.
SOCP302Social Policy18B (Hamilton) & 18B (Tauranga)
This paper focuses on developing a critical approach to the formulation, content and implementation of New Zealand social policy in an international context. It examines a variety of contemporary policy domains, all of which, in some way, affect the wellbeing of children and families. The paper provides knowledge and skills relevan...

400 level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENVP403Legal Principles and Processes for Planners18A (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students with sufficient background and skills in environmental and resource management law to enable them to be effective participants in resource management processes.
ENVP404Strategic Spatial Planning18B (Hamilton)
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the plan development process and the ability to identify and assess the importance of significant planning issues.
ENVP405Professional Skills18A (Hamilton)
This paper extends students' understanding of the multi-disciplinary context of environmental planning, and develops specific professional skills required by planners. Ethical dimensions of professional planning practice are examined.
ENVP408Plan Interpretation and Consent Processing18C (Block)
This paper aims to provide practical insight and skill in processing resource consents under the Resource Management Act 1991. A central focus involves interpreting and applying the provisions of resource management plans to development proposals.
ENVP410Planning Theory18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to make students aware of the values and power relations that infuse planning practices and processes.

Prescriptions for the GradCert(EnvPlan) and GradDip(EnvPlan)

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Environmental Planning at an advanced level in their first degree. To complete the GradDip(EnvPlan) students must complete 120 points at 100 level or above, including ENVP206, ENVP306, and a further 80 points from ENVP papers listed for Environmental Planning, of which 60 points must be at 300 level or above.

For further details, contact the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Office.

Prescriptions for the PGCert(EnvPlan), PGDip(EnvPlan), BSocSc(Hons) and MEP

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

Students who have not met these criteria may be admitted to 500 level Environmental Planning papers based on academic merit and relevant work experience. In such cases, students must consult the Programme Convenor to plan an appropriate programme of study. This may require completing the GradCert(EnvPlan) or GradDip(EnvPlan).

To complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Environmental Planning students must complete 60 points at 500 level, including ENVP503, ENVP504, ENVP510 and ENVS524.

To complete the Postgraduate Diploma in Environmental Planning students must complete 120 points at 500 level, comprising ENVP503, ENVP504, ENVP505, ENVP508, ENVP510, ENVS524 and a further 30 points from papers listed for Environmental Planning.

Students wishing to pursue less specified planning related graduate study should consider the BSocSc(Hons) in the subject area of Resources and Environmental Planning. To complete a BSocSc(Hons), students must gain 120 points at 500 level in Environmental Planning, including at least 30 points in research (ENVP591), ENVP510, ENVS524, and 60 points from papers listed for Environmental Planning or papers approved by the Programme Convenor for Environmental Planning. Students considering progressing to the MEP should check the prerequisites for entry.

The requirements for admission to the MEP are set out in the Faculty Graduate Handbook.

To complete an MEP, students must normally complete 120 points at 500 level or above in papers listed for Environmental Planning, including either a 60-point dissertation or a 90-point thesis or 120-point thesis. The degree includes the option of a practicum paper, which may be particularly suitable for those candidates employed in the planning profession. Students should note the prerequisite papers.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ECON539Environmental and Resource EconomicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ENVP502Environmental Planning: Practicum18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENVP503Legal Principles and Processes for Planners18A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with sufficient background and skills in environmental and resource management law to enable them to be effective participants in resource management processes.
ENVP504Strategic Spatial Planning18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of the plan development process and the ability to identify and assess the importance of strategic planning issues.
ENVP505Maori Environmental Management18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to extend student understanding of Maori environmental management in relation to the Resource Management Act (RMA) and examines co-management, partnership and collaboration, with hapu and iwi, in contemporary environmental management.
ENVP508Plan Interpretation and Consent Processing18C (Block)
This paper provides practical insight and skill in the processing of resource consent applications under planning legislation such as the Resource Management Act (RMA). A central focus is the understanding, interpretation and application of resource management plans.
ENVP510Planning Theory18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to make students aware of the values and power relations that infuse planning practices and processes.
ENVP589Directed Study18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton) & 18C (Hamilton)
This paper will provide students with the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENVP590Directed Study18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
ENVP591Dissertation18C (Hamilton) & 18D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENVP592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ENVP593Environmental Planning Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ENVP594Environmental Planning Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.
ENVS524Environmental Evaluation18A (Hamilton)
This paper explores the interface between science and environmental planning. Insight into the resource consent process and the role of science in supporting sustainable resource management under the RMA is developed.
GEOG520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change18B (Hamilton)
This paper examines the increasing risks imposed on human communities by global environmental change such as global warming and the occurrence of so-called natural disasters. The paper establishes a platform for the critical analysis of these processes by introducing students to important theoretical developments including the role...
GEOG538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton)
Automated techniques are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. In this paper, students are introduced to program scripts for automated GIS analysis, which is extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and is an area of expertise expected of GIS experts. An important part of th...
GEOG548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides a close examination of contemporary GIS modelling. GIS is used for a range of applications and in this paper students gain practical experience and understanding of many of these. Students are given the opportunity to develop GIS models in their choice of application.
GEOG558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning18A (Hamilton) & 18B (Hamilton)
This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students. Students learn about the use of GIS for spatial analysis and cartographic visualisation. Students gain 'hand on' experience with GIS laboratory exercises and undertake a graduate-level GIS project in an application of their choice.
GEOG568Applications of Geographic Information Systems18A (Hamilton)
Students work with three application areas: mobile GIS, point data analysis working towards location-based services and the analysis of areal data (such as satellite imagery or population data from Census sources) and their representation.
POLS537Environmental Politics and Public Policy18A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces students to the complexities and challenges of environmental policy processes, and develops skills in scholarly research on environmental policy making. A significant focus of the paper is on analysing and understanding the complex intersections of institutions, culture, science and technology, and systems of ...

Prescriptions for the PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy is a three year research-based degree in which students undertake a programme of approved and supervised research that leads to a thesis which critically investigates an approved topic of substance and significance, demonstrates expertise in the methods of research and scholarship, displays intellectual independence and makes a substantial original contribution to the subject area concerned, and is of publishable quality.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENVP900Environmental Planning PhD Thesis18C (Hamilton)
No description available.

Environmental Planning is available as a specified programme for the BEP, or as a major for the BA and the BSocSc.
Environmental Planning may also be taken as a second major or as a supporting subject within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete the specified programme in Environmental Planning for the BEP, students must complete the compulsory papers:
ENVP106, TIKA163, and 45 points from: BIOL102, ECON100, ECON110, ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104, GEOG103, POLS100, POLS105, SOCP102
ENVP206, ENVP207, ENVP217, GEOG219
ENVP305, ENVP306, ENVP307, ENVP308
ENVP403, ENVP404, ENVP405, ENVP406, ENVP408

Note: ERTH284 may not be counted towards the BEP.

Students must also complete the requirements of a planning stream: 130 points, of which at least 100 points must be above 100 level, including 60 points above 200 level.  The BEP planning streams are set out below.

Planning streams for the BEP

Students must complete one of six planning streams available for the BEP. All planning streams require 130 points, including the compulsory paper ENVP408, and a further 110 points of which at least 80 must be above 100 level, including 40 points above 200 level. The planning streams are organised into two pathways: the Environmental Science and Resource Planning pathway and the Socio-Economic Policy and Planning pathway.

The Environmental Science and Resource Planning pathway will appeal to those who wish to work in regional councils or in environmental organisations and has three planning streams:

Coastal and Marine Environments
Students must complete BIOL102, BIOL212, ERTH242, BIOL314, ENVP408, 15 points from ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104 or GEOG103, and 20 points from ERTH343 or ERTH344.
Freshwater Environments
Students must complete BIOL102, BIOL212, BIOL313, ERTH384, ENVP408, 15 points from ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104 or GEOG103, and 30 points from ERTH245, ERTH246, ERTH345 or ERTH346.
Terrestrial Environments
Students must complete BIOL102, BIOL212, BIOL312, ERTH384, ENVP408, and 15 points from ENVS101, ERTH103, ERTH104 or GEOG103, and 20 points from either ERTH233 and ERTH333, or ERTH251 and ERTH352, and 10 points from ERTH233, ERTH234 or ERTH251.

The Socio-Economic Policy and Planning pathway will appeal to those interested in more policy-oriented positions and also has three planning streams:

Society, Politics and the Environment
Students must complete ENVP408, 30 points from GEOG101, GEOG103, POLS100, POLS105 or SOCP102, 40 points from GEOG209, GEOG224, POPS201, POLS212 or SOCP206 and 40 points from GEOG301, GEOG306, GEOG309, GEOG323, GEOG328, POLS318, POLS328, SOCP302 or TOST306.

Environmental Economics
Students must complete ECON100, ECON110, ECON217/ECON317, ECON315, ENVP408, and 40 points from ECON200, ECON202/ECON302, ECON204, AGRI304, ECON304 or ECON339.

Pubic Policy and the Environment
Students must complete POLS212, ENVP408, 15 points from GEOG103, POLS100, POLS105 or SOCP102, 15 points from ECON100, ECON110 or GEOG103, and 60 points from ECON202/ECON302, ECON217/ECON317, POLS211, SOCP206, ECON315, GEOG309, POLS318, POLS328 or SOCP302.

To complete a major in Environments Planning for the BSocSc, students must gain 120 points above 100 level in Environment Planning comprising ENVP206, ENVP217, GEOG219, ENVP306 and 40 points from ENVP305, ENVP307 or ENVP308.  It is recommended that students intending to major in Environmental Planning include ENVP106 and GEOG103 in the first year of their programme of study in order to meet prerequisites for study at 200 and 300 levels.

Note: The Bachelor of Environmental Planning is an accredited degree, but the Environmental Planning major in the BSocSc is not an accredited programme.

Please note: For all graduate subject requirements check the information provided in the papers section above.


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