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BSocSc - Geography as a major

The Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc) will challenge your thinking about the world and the people who live in it. The degree focuses on contemporary social issues, the ways in which humans interact with these issues and how such actions can be monitored and modified.

Geography matters because it is about basic human relationships - between people and the environment, and between people and other people. Ranked among the top geography programmes in the world, the Geography programme at Waikato is the only solely human geography programme in New Zealand.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,120-$7,130 (approx) per year
Fees (International): $24,425-$31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Cartographer
  • Consultant
  • Environmental Manager
  • Immigration Policy Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Urban or Regional Planner

Degree Planner

Degree planner — Geography

Year 1

One from List A
(see BSocSc Papers below)

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Field of the Degree
100 Level

Elective

Elective

Year 2

One of
ENVPL202, GEOGY209 or GEOGY219

One of
ENVPL202, GEOGY209 or GEOGY219

Any 200 level
Paper listed below

One from List B
(see BSocSc Papers below)


SSRES200 or PSYCH211

Elective

Elective

Elective

Year 3

Any
GEOGY3 Level Paper

Any
GEOGY3 Level Paper

Any
GEOGY3 Level Paper

Any GEOGY3
Paper or ENVPL300

One from List C
(see BSocSc Papers below)

Elective

Elective

Elective

  • Stream
  • Elective
  • Compulsory

Geography matters because it is about human relationships: between people and the environment, between people and other people. A clear grasp of Geography can provide insight into environmental, social and cultural problems and help us manage our resources effectively.

Geography is available as a major for the BA and the BSocSc. Geography may also be taken as a second major or as a minor, subject to academic approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Geography as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Geography, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete GEOGY101, GEOGY103, at least 30 points from ENVPL202, GEOGY209 or GEOGY219, and at least 30 points from GEOGY301, GEOGY309, GEOGY323, or GEOGY328.

To complete Geography as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Geography, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete GEOGY101, GEOGY103, at least 30 points from ENVPL202, GEOGY209 or GEOGY219, and at least 30 points from GEOGY301, GEOGY309, GEOGY323, or GEOGY328.

To complete a minor in Geography, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Geography major, including at least 30 points above 100 level.

Some Geography papers include practical work in the laboratory and/or fieldwork. Fieldwork may be carried out in weekends or in teaching recesses.

Further details are available from the Geography Programme.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOGY101People and Place20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the rich field of social and cultural geography with links to the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals. A foundation paper for second year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, health geographies, and Maori geographies.
GEOGY103Environment and Society20A (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.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTHY202The Polynesians: Tangata o Te Moana20A (Hamilton)
An anthropological overview of the indigenous cultures of the vast 'Polynesian triangle', from their ancient explorations and settlements, through their engagements with christianity, colonialism and capitalism, to their contemporary societies and diasporas.
ENVPL201Introduction to Resource Management20A (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 Analysis20A (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.
GEOGY209Health, People, Place20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
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.
GEOGY219Māori Lands and Communities20B (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.
POPST201Population Studies20A (Hamilton) & 20A (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.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENVPL300Planning in Aotearoa New Zealand20A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a practical understanding of the different types of contemporary urban planning which occur in New Zealand cities and settlements.
GEOGY301Disasters and Development20B (Hamilton)
The paper explores linkages between disasters and development. Case studies on disasters in developed and developing countries highlight the complex intersection of development, disasters and survival.
GEOGY309Gender, Place and Culture20A (Hamilton)
This paper is a forum for debate in feminist geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and other social divisions in relation to place and environment.
GEOGY323Indigenous Geographies20B (Hamilton)
This paper focuses on indigenous experiences of imperialism and colonialism. It places into comparative context the impacts of colonial processes upon indigenous communities and their lands and resources.
GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online) & 20B (Block - Tauranga)
This paper is the third year component of the GIS stream in Geography; it provides students with technical skills in the use of GIS as well as critical analysis of applications in both physical and human Geography.
GEOGY390Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20S (Hamilton)
This course consists of a programme of individual research and assessment undertaken by a student working under supervision.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENVPL503Planning Law20A (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.
ENVPL504Plan Making20B (Hamilton)
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of plan development processes and develop skills relevant to professional planning practice.
ENVPL505Māori Environmental Management20B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to extend student understanding of key concepts, principles and methods relevant to Maori environmental management. Students who complete this paper will be expected to show an understanding or Maori perspectives on environmental management and be aware of the diversity within the Maori world. The paper has a focu...
ENVPL508Plan and Consents20X (Block)
This paper is designed to provide students with skills and experience in the application of resource management plans and the resource consent process under the RMA. Students are engaged in experiential learning relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.
ENVPL510Planning Theory20B (Hamilton)
This paper discusses the various theories that influence how we plan our world. It will cover issues such as power, justice, governance, politics, neoliberalism, marxism, gender, democracy and environmental racism.
GEOGY500People, Place, Power20A (Online)
This paper is a forum for debate in geographies of people and power. Key concerns are the intersections between gender, Maori, Indigeneity, ethnicity, sexuality, disability, nationality and other social divisions in relation to geographies of justice.
GEOGY520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change20B (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...
GEOGY538Automated Spatial Analysis using Geographic Information Systems20X (Block)
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...
GEOGY548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling20X (Block)
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.
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning20A (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.
GEOGY589Directed Study20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a research topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
GEOGY590Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
GEOGY591Dissertation20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
GEOGY592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
GEOGY593Geography Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GEOGY594Geography Thesis20X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOG800Geography MPhil Thesis20X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOG900Geography PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton), 20I (Tauranga), 20X (Hamilton) & 20X (Tauranga)
No description available.

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For more information about subject requirements please refer to the catalogue of papers for the most up to date information. If you have any questions and need more advice contact one of our friendly student advisors phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4080 or email: wfass@waikato.ac.nz


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Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4046
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: geog-fass@waikato.ac.nz
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