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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.

We offer papers in environmental planning, and geographic information systems as well as in social and cultural geography. A number of the papers have particular emphasis on Māori and feminist perspectives, and the social, economic and political processes that produce them. We'll get you to understand and consider solutions for the world's rapid changes caused by development, tourism, globalisation, environmental degradation, population growth and consumption.

Geography at Waikato goes beyond the classroom and opens you up to numerous career opportunities. Upon graduation, our students pursue careers in urban and regional planning, regional economic development, travel and tourism development, environmental consultancy, as well as the property and housing industry and local government.

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Key information

Study Locations:Hamilton, Tauranga, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
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Career opportunities

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

100 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GEOGY101People and Place15.021B (Hamilton), 21B (Online) & 21B (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 Society15.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Online)
A critical exploration of intersections between human society and the environment. The course explores the ways in which different views and attitudes influence human interactions with the environment. Key themes include governance, management and development, which are addressed through issues such as climate change, population gr...

200 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ANTHY202The Polynesians: Tangata o Te Moana15.021B (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 Management15.021A (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 Analysis15.021A (Hamilton)
Confidence in the use of information technologies are essential for most jobs involving geography and environmental planning. Lectures and computer lab exercises involving Excel and ArcGIS provide an introduction to GIS, GPS, cartography, databases, and spatial analysis. This a compulsory paper for the Environmental Planning Degree...
GEOGY209Health, People, Place15.021B (Hamilton) & 21B (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 Communities15.021B (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.
PHILO217Environmental Ethics15.021H (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.
POPST201Population Studies15.021A (Hamilton) & 21A (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 Points Occurrence / Location
ENVPL300Planning in Aotearoa New Zealand15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper provides students with a practical understanding of the broad range of different types of contemporary urban planning which occurs in New Zealand cities, towns and regions.
ENVPL302Māori Resource Management15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper introduces Maori principles of resource management and examines their relevance to contemporary planning processes.
GEOGY301Disasters and Development15.021B (Hamilton)
Development has a significant influence on the way in which hazards impact on people, and the occurrence of disasters alters the scope of development. This paper identifies the value of focusing on disaster reduction and sustainable development as part of the same agenda. Addressing the importance of approaching and applying a disa...
GEOGY309Gender, Place and Culture15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper is a forum for debate in critical geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and other social divisions in relation to place and environment.
GEOGY323Indigenous Geographies15.021B (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 Systems15.021A (Hamilton), 21A (Online) & 21B (Block - Tauranga)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is compulsory for the GIS minor and covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is used in the labs and students have the opportunity to instal...
GEOGY390Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21H (Hamilton)
This course consists of a programme of individual research and assessment undertaken by a student working under supervision.
PHILO317Environmental Ethics15.021H (Online)
Do we have moral obligations toward nature? How should human beings treat the natural world? This paper examines questions such as these in light of our current ethical theories.

500 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
ENVPL504Plan Making15.021B (Hamilton)
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of plan development processes and develop skills relevant to plan making in professional planning practice.
ENVPL505Māori Environmental Management15.021B (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...
ENVPL506Planning Law15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper is designed to provide students with advanced knowledge of the legal context of planning relevant to the practice of environmental planning and management in New Zealand.
ENVPL507Professional Planning Skills15.021A (Hamilton)
This course develops specific professional skills required by planners and other professionals working in planning-related roles, and extends students' understanding of the multi-disciplinary context of environmental planning, including negotiation; plan interpretation and assessment skills; and developing an understanding of the r...
ENVPL508Plan and Consents15.021X (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 Theory15.021B (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, Power30.021A (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 Change30.021B (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 Systems15.021X (Block)
Automated GIS, using programming or scripts, are extremely powerful compared to the 'point and click' environment, and are the most practical method for the spatial analysis of large data sets. GIS professionals are expected have the skills to write their own scripts, as well as execute and manipulate existing scripts. In this pape...
GEOGY548Advanced Geographic Information Systems Modelling15.021X (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. This paper is required for the graduate spec...
GEOGY558Applied Geographic Information Systems for Research and Planning15.021A (Hamilton)
GIS is used widely in a range of industries and government agencies, and graduates competent in GIS are sort after for employment. This paper is designed as an introduction to GIS for graduate students and is co-taught with GEOGY328. It covers all aspects of GIS analysis, including remote sensing and model building. ArcGIS Pro is u...
GEOGY589Directed Study15.021A (Hamilton), 21B (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a research topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
GEOGY590Directed Study30.021A (Hamilton) & 21B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
GEOGY591Dissertation30.021I (Hamilton) & 21X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
GEOGY592Dissertation60.021X (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
GEOGY593Geography Thesis90.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GEOGY594Geography Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
PHILO533Moral and Political Philosophy15.021A (Hamilton)
This paper will cover a range of current topics in moral and political philosophy. The exact content will be guided by choices made in class, but will include detailed analysis of foundational problems in modern political philosophy, and exploration of the intersection of moral and political philosophy in practice.

800 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GEOGY800Geography MPhil Thesis120.021X (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location
GEOGY900Geography PhD Thesis120.021I (Hamilton), 21I (Tauranga), 21X (Hamilton) & 21X (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: [email protected]


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