GEOG309-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020

Research for Resilient Environments and Communities

30 points

Start Date: Monday, 13 July 2020
End Date: Sunday, 8 November 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 24 July 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 25 September 2020


This course will develop your ability to undertake research that supports resilient environments and communities. Drawing on problem-based and service learning approaches, you will design and complete a research project in collaboration with a community partner. The training, practice and critical evaluation of the research will be carried out in groups, and you will communicate your research findings using spoken, numerical and written skills. The course begins with a short fieldtrip, and then progresses through occasional lectures and regular project group meetings, supported by web-based resources. It concludes with a public conference. The emphasis is on students working together to solve real world problems using skills that are transferable to the workplace.

Learning Outcomes

  • The goal of this course is to develop students’ abilities to undertake geographical research, whilst gaining an appreciation of how to work in the community on ‘real’ issues, and developing team-work skills.

    Students successfully completing this course should have an understanding of:
  • How to conceive, develop and execute a research project using problem-based learning
  • How to work successfully with others using service learning
  • How research is framed by broader conceptual and analytical frameworks
  • Effective research design

    Students will be able to:
  • Undertake and deliver a research programme in a specified amount of time
  • Work effectively in groups
  • Select and use appropriate geographical techniques in research
  • Reflect critically on their research and that of others


30 points of GEOG at 200 level, or
GEOG206 and ENVR201


GEOG204, GEOG303

Timetable Note

There is an out of town workshop for all students on Saturday to Sunday 1-2 August. Attendance at this is a course requirement and no exceptions can be made.

Course Coordinator

Simon Kingham


Rita Dionisio

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,735.00

International fee $8,500.00

* 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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  • GEOG309-20S2 (C) Semester Two 2020