GEOG222-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Transport, Urban Development and Wellbeing

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 19 February 2024
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 3 March 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 12 May 2024


Nau mai ki GEOG222 - welcome to GEOG222. Transport fundamentally shapes our communities and affects our wellbeing. This course examines the role and influence of transport in shaping our towns and cities, and affecting our personal wellbeing. The course will have a particular focus on how transport and urban development can help face challenges like climate change. The course will also look at issues related to Maori, for example, how has urbanisation affected their wellbeing. As well as gaining increased understanding of transport, urban development and wellbeing through traditional learning approaches, students will also learn from transport, urban development and health professionals. They will develop a range of practical, applied and transferrable skills by addressing real world problems and present findings in both written and oral formats.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Conceptualise how transport and urban development influence one another, and how they impact wellbeing.
2. Use a range of methods and data to examine interactions between transport, urban
      development and wellbeing.
3. Comprehend how transport accessibility and urban development disproportionally affect Māori
      including in health inequalities.
4. Prepare and present research evidence suitable to inform policy makers at local and/or national

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.


45 pts of 100 level including GEOG110 or GEOG106

Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 E6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:30 E6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 3 Mar
11 Mar - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 5 May
13 May - 2 Jun
Field Trip A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:00 - 13:00 Christchurch/local region
4 Mar - 10 Mar
Field Trip B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 08:00 - 13:00 Christchurch
6 May - 12 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 244
4 Mar - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
20 May - 26 May
02 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 244
4 Mar - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
20 May - 26 May
03 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Beatrice Tinsley 111 (7/3, 21/3, 2/5-9/5, 23/5)
Rehua 427 Technology Workshop (14/3)
4 Mar - 24 Mar
29 Apr - 12 May
20 May - 26 May
Workshop A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 14:00 - 17:00 A2 Lecture Theatre
13 May - 19 May

Timetable Note

20 hrs lectures (2x per week)
12 hrs practicals (6x 2 hr labs)
8 hrs fieldwork (self-directed)
10 hrs field trips (2x half day, weeks 4 & 9)
100 hrs self-study

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Lindsey Conrow


Simon Kingham


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Quizz 20% Week 4, Week 12
Infographic 30% Due Week 6
Briefing Paper 40% Due Week 12
Labs 10% See Timetable

Textbooks / Resources

Recommended Reading

Beatley, Timothy; Biophilic cities : integrating nature into urban design and planning ; Island Press, 2011.

Early, Lisa , Howden-Chapman, Philippa, Russell, Marie; Drivers of urban change ; Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2015.

Howden-Chapman, Philippa , Early, Lisa, Ombler, Jenny; Cities in New Zealand : preferences, patterns and possibilities ; for the New Zealand Centre for Sustaiable Cities by Steele Roberts Aotearoa, 2017.

Howden-Chapman, Philippa. , Stuart, Keriata., Chapman, R. B; Sizing up the city : urban form and transport in New Zealand ; Steele Roberts, 2010.

Montgomery C; Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design ; Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.

Newman, Peter , Kenworthy, Jeffrey R; The end of automobile dependence : how cities are moving beyond car-based planning ; Island Press, 2015.

Newman, Peter. , Beatley, Timothy., Boyer, Heather; Resilient Cities : Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence ; Island Press/Center for Resource Economics : Imprint : Island Press, 2017.

Stuart, Keriata. , Thompson-Fawcett, Michelle., New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities; Tāone tupu ora : indigenous knowledge and sustainable urban design ; Steele Roberts, 2010.


Prerequisites: 45 pts of 100 level including GEOG110 or GEOG106

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $942.00

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 .

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