Environment and Society (2018)
The Environment and Society masters programme is designed for graduates of undergraduate qualifications in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management. Students build on their qualifying degrees to gain advanced knowledge and critical analysis of the many and diverse perspectives applied to understanding and addressing environmental challenges. Students complete a selection of core papers and engage in independent research in the area of environmental and societal inter-relationships. The structure of the degree also allows students to include relevant papers from other disciplines such as environmental science, law and management, and provides an ideal way to encourage close interconnections between theory and practice across a broad range of issues and topics relevant to environment and society.
A Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert(EnvSoc)) and Postgraduate Diploma in Environment and Society (PGDip(EnvSoc)) are also available.
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Prescriptions for the PGDip(EnvSoc), PGCert(EnvSoc), MEnvSoc
To be eligible to be considered for enrolment in graduate Environment and Society papers, a student should normally have at least a B average in either the best three of their 300 level papers of their major or all the undergraduate papers of their major.
To complete a PGCert(EnvSoc) students must complete 60 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least one of ANTHY521 or POLSC537.
To complete a PGDip(EnvSoc) students must complete 120 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least 60 points from papers in Appendix A of the MEnvSoc regulations, including at least one of ANTHY521 or POLSC537. Students may include a 30-point dissertation.
To be admitted to the MEnvSoc, a student must have completed either:
a) a bachelor's degree in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management and have gained at least a B grade point average in either the best three of their 300 level papers in their major or all of the undergraduate papers of their major, or
b) A bachelor's degree with honours or a postgraduate diploma in social sciences, environmental sciences, law, economics or management and have gained at least a B grade point average across all 500 level papers.
Completion requirements for the MEnvSoc vary according to admission criteria:
Students admitted under a) above must complete 180 points at 500 level in Environment and Society, including at least 60 points from Appendix A of the MEnvSoc regulations, including either ANTHY521 or POLSC537, 30-60 points from papers in Appendix A or Appendix B of the MEnvSoc regulations, and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society.
Students admitted under b) above must complete 120 points at 500 level in Environment and Society, including 30-60 points from papers in Appendix A of the MEnvSoc regulations, including either ANTHY521 or POLSC537, and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society.
1. Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, be required to include one of the following research methodology papers in their programme of study: MNMGT581, EDUCA500, SCIE501, SSRES503, SSRES504.
2. Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, include up to 30 points in relevant papers outside of Appendix A or B of the MEnvSoc regulations.
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location ANTH521 Environmental Anthropology 18B (Hamilton) This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current environmental concerns and beliefs. BIOL560 Freshwater Ecology 18A (Hamilton) A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, management) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests. BIOL562 Marine and Estuarine Ecology 18C (Block) This paper focuses on a variety of contemporary issues in marine ecology and biological oceanography, including fisheries biology and management, recruitment, ecology of disturbances, benthic-pelagic coupling, aquaculture and primary production. BIOL570 Plant Ecology 18A (Hamilton) Contemporary and advanced topics in plant ecology, including the structure and functioning of plant communities, species and community distribution theory, vegetation dynamics, vegetation surveying and data analysis. DEVS502 Sustainable Resource Issues 18A (Online) This paper examines contemporary issues facing natural resource management among indigenous peoples with a particular focus on the experiences of Maori and Pacific peoples. ENVP505 Maori Environmental Management 18B (Hamilton) This paper aims to extend student understanding of Maori environmental management in relation to the Resource Management Act (RMA) and examines co-management, partnership and collaboration, with hapu and iwi, in contemporary environmental management. ENVP510 Planning Theory 18B (Hamilton) This paper aims to make students aware of the values and power relations that infuse planning practices and processes. ESOC591 Dissertation 18C (Hamilton) Students complete a self-designed research project and dissertation that demonstrates the research process and analyses the findings in the context of relevant theory and practice. ESOC592 Dissertation 18C (Hamilton) A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation. ESOC593 Environment and Society Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. ESOC594 Environment and Society Thesis 18C (Hamilton) An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research. GEOG520 Human Dimensions of Environmental Change 18B (Hamilton) This paper examines the increasing risks imposed on human communities by global environmental change such as global warming and the occurrence of so-called natural disasters. The paper establishes a platform for the critical analysis of these processes by introducing students to important theoretical developments including the role... MCOM584 Sustainable Futures 18A (Hamilton) & 18A (Online) Individuals and organisations operate in contexts that are increasingly complex and uncertain. They face issues that are global in nature and which threaten long term sustainability. To successfully meet fast changing futures, contexts and stakeholders must be addressed. New styles of leadership and management are thus required, ac... MNGT501 Research Methods in Management Studies 18A (Hamilton), 18B (Hamilton), 18B (Online) & 18T (Hamilton) This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and convers... POLS537 Environmental Politics and Public Policy 18A (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the complexities and challenges of environmental policy processes, and develops skills in scholarly research on environmental policy making. A significant focus of the paper is on analysing and understanding the complex intersections of institutions, culture, science and technology, and systems of ... SCIE501 Research Methods in the Sciences 18B (Hamilton) This paper will enable students to develop the necessary communication skills and familiarity with research methods and practice to allow them to progress to the thesis component of a masters degree in the sciences, or to extend communication and research skills in those not taking a full research degree. STER513 Environmental and Sustainability Education 18C (Hamilton) This paper aims to provide an opportunity for in-service and pre-service teachers, and community educators to enhance their knowledge and skills in environmental/sustainability education. TOMG502 Tourism Development and the Environment 18B (Hamilton) This paper provides students with an opportunity to learn about the tourism industry, and to appreciate the different management issues from a tourism perspective.
2018 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 1 July 2020 8:51am