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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.

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Study Locations: Hamilton; Tauranga; Online
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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.

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ESOC591Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice.
ESOC592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
ESOC593Environment and Society Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
ESOC594Environment and Society Thesis18C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
LEGAL575Energy and Natural Resources LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton)
This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers...
SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (Hamilton)
This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree.
SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative Research18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides an advanced investigation of the conduct of qualitative interviewing culminating in students undertaking their own tape-recorded in-depth interviews.
SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey Research18A (Hamilton)
This paper has been designed to explore quantitative approaches to research with a particular focus on structured and semi-structured data collection techniques. It is intended that students gain a first hand appreciation of the practical aspects of the survey approach as well as a critical view of its appropriateness, strengths an...

List A

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ANTH521Environmental Anthropology18B (Hamilton)
This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current environmental concerns and beliefs.
ECON515Economics and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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.
ENVP510Planning Theory18B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to make students aware of the values and power relations that infuse planning practices and processes.
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...
HIST512Green Histories of the World? Environmental History and Garden History18B (Hamilton)
This paper explores the way humans, over time, have constructed, conceptualised and debated gardens and environments. Theoretical perspectives from the new fields of garden and environmental history inform the paper.
POLS504Gender, Justice and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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 ...

List B

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ACCT507Accounting, Sustainability and a Changing EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
ANTH512Anthropology and Development18A (Hamilton)
This paper takes an anthropological view of issues relating to grass-roots community and economic development.
BIOL560Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton)
A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, conservation, utilisation) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
BIOL562Marine and Estuarine Ecology18C (Block)
This paper focuses on a variety of contemporary issues in marine ecology and biological oceanography, including fisheries biology and management, recruitment, ecology of disturbances, benthic-pelagic coupling, aquaculture and primary production.
BIOL570Plant Ecology18A (Hamilton)
Contemporary and advanced topics in plant ecology, including the structure and functioning of plant communities, species and community distribution theory, vegetation dynamics, vegetation surveying and data analysis.
DEVS502Sustainable Resource Issues18A (Online) & 18B (Online)
This paper examines contemporary issues facing natural resource management among indigenous peoples with a particular focus on the experiences of Maori and Pacific peoples.
ECON539Environmental and Resource EconomicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
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.
GEOG515Maori Geographies18B (Online)
This paper reviews Maori geographical perspectives within the context of colonisation and globalisation. It also provides an opportunity for students to undertake research on a topic of relevance to Maori using appropriate methodologies. Students will be expected to analyse the relationships between Maori communities and government...
MCOM584Sustainable Futures18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online)
Individuals and organisations operate in contexts that are increasingly complex and uncertain. They face issues that are global in nature and which threaten long term sustainability. To successfully meet fast changing futures, contexts and stakeholders must be addressed. New styles of leadership and management are thus required, ac...
STER513Environmental and Sustainability Education18C (Hamilton)
This paper aims to provide an opportunity for in-service and pre-service teachers, and community educators to enhance their knowledge and skills in environmental/sustainability education.
STMG580Strategies for SustainabilityThis paper will not be taught in 2018.
This paper will not be taught in 2018.
TOMG502Tourism Development and the Environment18B (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with an opportunity to learn about the tourism industry, and to appreciate the different management issues from a tourism perspective.

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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)
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)
TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment (30 points)


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