Geography is an environmental science concerned with the causes and organisation of natural and human phenomena across the globe. It is primarily an integrative discipline aiming to establish knowledge of inter-relationships between and among human and natural systems.
Geography provides a basis for comprehending and managing many of the issues facing New Zealand and the World - environmental conservation and degradation, social and economic structures, development regions, demographic influences on society, the spatial characteristics and problems of cities and rural areas, and management of water, soil, air and biological resources.
By studying such themes in different contexts and places, Geography helps break down insularity and contributes to international understanding while providing its students with a wide range of vocationally relevant skills, for instance in information gathering, data analysis and critical assessment.
The Geography Department offers undergraduate courses in physical geography, human geography and environmental studies. Postgraduate studies include Master of Planning, Master of Arts, Master of Science, postgraduate diplomas, and a strong PhD programme.
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