GEOG217-23S2 (C) Semester Two 2023

Places for Wellbeing and Flourishing

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 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.

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Conceptualise place-based variations in wellbeing and flourishing
2. Use a range of data sources to document place-based variations in wellbeing and flourishing in Aotearoa New Zealand
3. Understand how colonisation, globalisation and neoliberalism influence wellbeing and flourishing in Aotearoa New Zealand, with particular attention to inequalities between places and social groups (including Māori as tangata whenua and non-Māori as tangata tiriti)
4. Design a place-based intervention to contribute to local wellbeing and flourishing, and develop an evaluation strategy to assess its impact

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.


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 / Lecturer

David Conradson


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Individual essay 22 Aug 2023 20%
Group presentation 13 Oct 2023 10%
Group report 19 Oct 2023 20%
Lab exercises 25% Due dates as per lab schedule
Final examination 25% Date to be advised (as scheduled by the University)

Assessment details to be advised.


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

Restrictions: n/a

Recommend preparation: n/a

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 .

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