GEOG110-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022

People, Places and Environments

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 21 February 2022
End Date: Sunday, 26 June 2022
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 6 March 2022
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 15 May 2022


This course draws on the insights of human geography to deepen your understanding of how people make places and shape environments. We examine the economic, social and cultural processes that create contemporary places and also consider their possible futures. Through practical work, you will learn some of the key methods and techniques available for describing and analyzing how places change.

We are all shaped by places and we all shape places. This course looks at the broader social processes that shape place and environments, as well as examining how places and environments shape human lives. The course is made up of modules that explore place (from Indigenous and Western perspectives), economies and place (including global economies and local economies), politics and place (including global politics of nation states, as well as urban and intimate territorial politics), population and place (including health and inequalities in populations) and planning and place (including bicultural planning processes in Aotearoa New Zealand). The course operates with an ethic of care and hospitality, meeting students where they are and providing the resources needed to get to the next step in learning.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the course, we expect you to take a proactive approach to your learning, by attending and engaging thoughtfully with the lectures, laboratories and assignment work. Upon successful completion of this course, you should be able to
1) describe how places emerge from the intersection of social, economic, political, cultural and environmental processes;
2) explain how places and environments shape human lives, and how humans interact with and shape place and environments;
3) employ a range of qualitative and quantitative research techniques to investigate places and the processes which constitute them; and
4) employ a range of geographical concepts and theories to explain the production of places.

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.

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.

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

3 lectures per week, 50 min each.
1x 2-hour lab most weeks

Course Coordinators

Kelly Dombroski and Rita Dionisio


Malcolm Campbell and Jenny Cameron

Course coordinators
- Assoc. Prof. Kelly Dombroski, tel. 369 4101 | email (Weeks 1-6 and Easter Break), and
- Dr Rita Dionisio, tel. 369 5993 | email (Weeks 7-12 and Exam time)

Other lecturing staff
- Assoc. Prof. Malcolm Campbell (; and
- Assoc. Prof. Jenny Cameron (

Head tutor:
- M Grace-Stent,


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Structured essay 28 Mar 2022 30%
Quizzes 20% Each module has a 5% online quiz associated with it.
Assessed lab 25% Due Week 9, in lab streams
Final Exam (in official examination period) 25% Take-home test

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $892.00

International fee $4,563.00

* 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.

Minimum enrolments

This course will not be offered if fewer than 50 people apply to enrol.

For further information see School of Earth and Environment .

All GEOG110 Occurrences

  • GEOG110-22S1 (C) Semester One 2022
  • GEOG110-22S1 (D) Semester One 2022 (Distance)