The Environment and Society Masters programme is designed for graduates of undergraduate qualifications in social sciences, humanities, law, economics, education, management or environmental sciences. Students build on their qualifying degrees to gain advanced knowledge of environmental challenges, emergent inequalities, as well as global and local responses to environmental change. Conceptually, students learn to distinguish between different environmental perspectives and their application to concrete case studies. Students in the Master of Environment and Society complete a selection of core papers and engage in meaningful, independent research. The structure of the degree allows students 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.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Environment and Society papers

500 Level
Code and paper title Points
ALPSS590 Directed Study right arrow

This paper allows students from the Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences to undertake research on a specific topic related to their...

30 24X (Hamilton)
ALPSS591 Research Project right arrow

A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 12,500 words maximum).

30 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
ALPSS592 Dissertation right arrow

A research report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical or practice-led investigation (up to 25,000 words maximum).

60 24X (Hamilton) & 24X (Tauranga)
ANTHY515 Ethnographic Research Methods right arrow

This paper provides an in depth introduction to ethnographic research, including its ethical, theoretical, and methodical components.

30 24A (Online)
ANTHY521 Cultural Perspectives on Environmental Issues right arrow

This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current environmental concerns...

30 24B (Hamilton)
EDUCA500 Culturally Responsive Methodologies incorporating kaupapa Māori and Critical Theories right arrow

Culturally Responsive Methodologies utilise kaupapa Māori and critical theoretical frameworks to develop contexts within which the researched...

30 24X (Block - Tauranga)
ENVPL510 Planning Theory right arrow

This paper discusses the various theories that influence how we plan our world. It will cover issues such as power, justice, governance, politics...

15 24B (Hamilton)
ENVSC504 Pollution and Environmental Contaminants right arrow

This paper examines the ecological effects of chemical and non-chemical pollution. Analysing online databases and the scientific literature provides...

15 24B (Hamilton)
ENVSC505 Environmental Systems: Biogeosciences across Scales right arrow

This paper examines how core concepts in the multidisciplinary field of biogeochemistry provide a systems understanding across scales.

15 24A (Hamilton)
EVSOC593 Environment and Society Thesis right arrow

An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.

90 24X (Hamilton)
GEOGY520 Human Dimensions of Environmental Change right arrow

This paper examines the increasing risks imposed on human communities by global environmental change. The paper establishes a platform for the...

30 24B (Hamilton)
HISTY512 Environmental History right arrow

Environmental History explores the ways in which human societies, cultures, and economies have imagined and shaped, as well as been shaped by, the...

30 24A (Hamilton)
LCOMM584 Sustainable Futures right arrow

Individuals and organisations operate in contexts that are increasingly complex and uncertain. They face issues that are global in nature and which...

30 24B (Hamilton)
MAORI502 Sustainable Resource Issues right arrow

This paper examines contemporary issues facing natural resource management among indigenous peoples with a particular focus on the experiences of...

30 24A (Online)
MAORI570 Te Mahi Rangahau: Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Research Methods and Issues right arrow

This paper introduces students to a range of research issues, helps students identify and apply the most effective methodology, understand, review...

30 24A (Online)
MNMGT581 Research Methods in Management Studies right arrow

This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social...

30 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24C (Online)
POLSC537 Environmental Politics and Public Policy right arrow

This paper introduces students to the complexities and challenges of environmental policy processes, and develops skills in scholarly research on...

30 24A (Hamilton)
PSYCH555 Environmental Psychology right arrow

Provides students with theoretical and practical knowledge in Environmental Psychology, the study of the transaction between humans and their natural...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
THMGT502 Tourism Development and the Environment right arrow

This paper provides students with an opportunity to learn about the tourism industry, and to appreciate the different management issues from a...

30 24B (Hamilton)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 19 Jun 2024 01:00am