GEOG106-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Global Environmental Change

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2023
End Date: Sunday, 12 November 2023
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 30 July 2023
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 1 October 2023


An exploration of major environmental changes happening at the global scale. With a particular focus on climate, ice, freshwater, and ocean processes, we investigate how geospatial monitoring and other tools are used to address global environmental challenges. We look at how human activities are interacting with Earth systems, and aim to empower people to improve environmental and societal resilience at a range of scales.

Global Environmental Change takes a geographic (holistic) approach to examining key environmental challenges. As a first step we examine how natural systems operate, for example the hydrological system and the climate system, and then we explore how these system interact. Once natural systems, and ways to monitor and measure them, are understood, we then consider the roles of humans within these systems. Since global environmental challenges cannot be solved by only considering one part of Earth’s system, this course takes an integrated approach. We only have one Earth, so let’s learn how to look after it! Thinking about global environmental change can be daunting. So through-out this course, we explore both challenges and solutions, demonstrating how innovative thinking, new technologies, and you as future scientists have an important role to play in Earth’s future.

Learning Outcomes

  • The goal of this course is to enable students to investigate some of the key global environmental issues of our time, as a means to better understanding and management of the risks, and social and scientific challenges that they present.  Laboratory classes provide opportunities to explore key issues and concepts from the lecture programme practical ways, by applying analytical tools to investigate the nature and causes of environmental change.

    After successfully completing this course you will be able to:
  • Describe the evidence for, and nature and causes of global environmental changes;
  • Explain in detail how relevant natural systems, for example the atmosphere and hydrosphere, operate and interact;
  • Demonstrate how human behaviours and natural processes interact, and explain how this knowledge can be used to alter, mitigate or adapt to observed environmental change.
    • University Graduate Attributes

      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.

      Globally aware

      Students will comprehend the influence of global conditions on their discipline and will be competent in engaging with global and multi-cultural contexts.



Timetable Note

X3 one hour lectures per week
X6 two hour labs in selected weeks

Course Coordinator

Heather Purdie


Deirdre Hart , Simon Kingham and Peyman Zawar-Reza


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Online quizzes (x 5) 25%
Group presentation 10%
Individual written report 25%
Final Examination 40%

Online quizzes x5  - 25%
Group presentation -  10%
Individual report  -  25%
Exam  -  40%

Textbooks / Resources

Readings, sourced from journal papers, books and other literature, will be recommended each week for this course.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $916.00

International fee $4,750.00

* 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 .

All GEOG106 Occurrences

  • GEOG106-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023