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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

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

A Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma are available to graduates who have not included Geography at an advanced level in their first degree.

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

Prescriptions for the PGCert(Geog), PGDip(Geog), BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), MA and MSocSc

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Geography papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level Geography papers or all their undergraduate Geography papers. The requirements for admission to masters level study in Geography are set out in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Graduate Handbook.

To complete a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Geography, students must gain 120 points at 500 level, including at least 30 points in research (normally GEOGY591) and at least 30 points from papers listed for Geography. Within the PGCert(Geog), PGDip(Geog) and BSocSc(Hons) a specialisation in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is available. Details of the specialisation requirements can be obtained from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in the MA or MSocSc in Geography, a student should have completed either:

a) a BA or BSocSc with a major in Geography (or equivalent) and have gained at least a B average across the 300 level papers, or

b) a BA(Hons) or BSocSc(Hons) in Geography (or equivalent) and have gained at least second class honours (second division).

Completion requirements for the MA or MSocSc in Geography vary according to admission criteria:

Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points from approved 500 level papers, including one of GEOG501, GEOG521, GEOGY538 or GEOGY548, and either a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis or a 60 point dissertation.

Students admitted under b) above must complete a 120 point thesis, a 90 point thesis and a further 30 points from approved 500 level papers, or a 60 point dissertation and a further 60 points from approved 500 level papers.

To be considered for enrolment in a dissertation or thesis, all students must have completed at least 60 points from approved 500 level papers and have gained at least a B+ average.

Prescriptions for the MPhil

The Master of Philosophy is a one 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.

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.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ARTSC110Old Worlds - New Worlds19A (Hamilton) & 19A (Tauranga)
This cross-disciplinary paper offers students with a rich background for study within the Bachelor of Arts. It is structured around metaphors of journey and cultural encounter and focuses on a variety of texts, images and sounds.
ARTSC111Social Science Theory and Action19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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.
GEOGY101People and Place19B (Hamilton) & 19B (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 Society19A (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 Moana19A (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 Management19A (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 Analysis19A (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, Place19B (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.
GEOGY219Māori Lands and Communities19B (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 Studies19A (Hamilton) & 19A (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 Zealand19A (Hamilton)
This paper extends students' knowledge of the breadth and scope of contemporary planning in New Zealand, providing a practical understanding of the different types of planning that can be expected for New Zealand settlements.
GEOGY301Disasters and Development19B (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 Culture19A (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 Geographies19B (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 Systems19A (Hamilton), 19A (Online) & 19B (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19S (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 Law19A (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 Making19B (Hamilton)
Students gain a comprehensive understanding of plan development processes and the ability to identify and assess the importance of strategic planning issues.
ENVPL505Māori Environmental Management19B (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 Consents19C (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 Theory19B (Hamilton)
This paper aims to make students aware of the values and power relations that infuse planning practices and processes.
GEOGY500People, Place, Power19A (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 Change19B (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 Systems19C (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 Modelling19C (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 Planning19A (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 Study19A (Hamilton), 19B (Hamilton) & 19C (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a research topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
GEOGY590Directed Study19A (Hamilton) & 19B (Hamilton)
Students have the opportunity to pursue a topic of their own interest under the guidance of academic staff.
GEOGY591Dissertation19C (Hamilton) & 19D (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
GEOGY592Dissertation19C (Hamilton)
A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
GEOGY593Geography Thesis19C (Hamilton)
An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
GEOGY594Geography Thesis19C (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 Thesis19C (Hamilton)
No description available.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOG900Geography PhD Thesis19C (Hamilton) & 19C (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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Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4046
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: geog-fass@waikato.ac.nz
Graduate and Postgraduate Email Enquiries: geog-grad@waikato.ac.nz