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This course explores our changing environment, driven largely by our linear economy (take-make-dispose). Particular emphasis is given to the ‘carbon currency’ and how carbon drives environmental change. There is an emphasis on developing solutions to environmental issues, especially to climate change adaptation and development of a circular economy. Tikanga Maori aspects of environmental change will be covered.
We aim to use current environmental issues relating to carbon to teach the quantitative assessment of issues. Students will acquire knowledge on practical aspects of environmental monitoring as well as data processing and interpretation. A key element for any environmental scientist is the ability to work in teams with diverse skills and backgrounds. Students will learn key elements of producing a comprehensive team-based report on a selected environmental issue.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Employable, innovative and enterprising
Students will develop key skills and attributes sought by employers that can be used in a range of applications.
Biculturally competent and confident
Students will be aware of and understand the nature of biculturalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, and its relevance to their area of study and/or their degree.
Engaged with the community
Students will have observed and understood a culture within a community by reflecting on their own performance and experiences within that community.
Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.
ENVR209 or approval by the Head of School.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Two lectures per week. Field trips to the Christchurch Red Zone, Kate Valley Landfill, and the Bromley Sewage Works. One weekend field trip to either Mt White or Hanmer.
Visiting Lecturer: Maria Jesus Gutierrez-Gines
Prerequisites: ENVR209 or GEOG209Restrictions: ENVR301
Domestic fee $978.00
International fee $4,988.00
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment