SPCO126-24S1 (C) Semester One 2024

Land Journeys and Ethics

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


Informed by experiential education approaches, students will complete a weekend backpacking trip with instructors as part of the overall course and use reflections from these experiences, in conjunction with coursework on human-nature relationships, to critically analyse and develop a personal land ethic. The field trip explores the concept of wilderness in land ethics through a direct experience of actual wilderness. The course has a focus on bi-culturally competent and globally connected understandings of the relationships between humans and nature.

Learning Outcomes

  • Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • describe historical development of a land ethic
  • explain socio-cultural and bicultural aspects of journeying and expeditioning
  • prepare and pack for land journeys
  • demonstrate a variety of practical bushcraft skills
  • examine the influence of different journey styles on human-land relationships.  
  • develop and explore a personal land ethic



Timetable 2024

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 A6 Lecture Theatre
19 Feb - 31 Mar
22 Apr - 2 Jun

Timetable Note

Course structure
Weekly lectures (2 hours) and a two-night backpacking trip (Friday evening to Sunday evening)

Course Coordinator

Chris North


Hannah Berning


Assessment Due Date Percentage  Description
Weekly activities 20%
Presentation 30% On field trip
Essay 31 May 2024 50% An essay on the relationship between journeying and the development of a land ethic.

Additional Course Outline Information


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Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $844.00

International fee $3,950.00

* 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.

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