GEOG217-21S2 (C) Semester Two 2021

Places for Wellbeing and Flourishing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
End Date: Sunday, 14 November 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 1 August 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 1 October 2021


An examination of how places shape human wellbeing and flourishing, in both positive and less than positive ways. With a focus on settler colonial nations, we will examine the significant variations that exist between places in terms of the housing, work, education and support opportunities available within them. We consider the impact of these variations for local wellbeing and flourishing, noting the uneven experiences of particular social groups. We also examine place-based interventions that may support local wellbeing and flourishing, and selection of methods to evaluate these interventions. The course draws on the insights of human geography and engages with the contemporary lived experience of places in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond.

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This course will focus on colonial and Indigenous contexts for wellbeing, and the differences in worldview that facilitate different outcomes in temporal and geographical contexts. We will consider the focus of more-than-human and contemporary Indigenous scholars working to leverage better outcomes for Earth-oriented change, and engage a process of applying kaitiakitanga in order to innovate different human and more-than-human outcomes. We will consider different ecological foci and place-based variations in wellbeing and flourishing.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

1. Conceptualise a range of place-based variations in wellbeing and flourishing.
2. Understand how colonisation, colonialism, globalisation and worldview influence social and ecological outcomes in both historical and contemporary contexts.
3. Engage on-going learning alongside a more-than-human community partner to practice worldview-based change initiatives, as led by global Indigenous thought and practice.
4. Combine all these elements in a 'tool-kit' that can be diversely employed to innovate social and ecological interventions.

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.

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.


Any 30 points at 100 level from any subject, normally including GEOG110 or GEOG106.

Timetable Note

24 hours of lectures
12 hours lab classes (6 x 2 hours)
114 hours of guided independent study

Course Coordinator

Amba Sepie


Assessment details to be advised.


Prerequisites:  Any 30 points at 100 level from any subject, normally including GEOG110 or GEOG106.

Restrictions: none

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $877.00

International fee $4,438.00

* 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 .

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