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 HIST512 or POLS537.

    To complete a PGDip(EnvSoc) students must complete 120 points in papers listed for Environment and Society, including at least 60 points from ANTH521, ENVP505, ENVP510, GEOG520, HIST512 or POLS537, and at least one of HIST512 or POLS537. 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 ANTH521, ENVP505, ENVP510, GEOG520, HIST512 or POLS537, including either HIST512 or POLS537, 30-60 points from ANTH521, ENVP505, ENVP510, GEOG520, HIST512, POLS537 or ANTH512, BIOL560, BIOL562, BIOL570, DEVS502, ENVS524, GEOG515, MCOM584, STER513, TOMG502, 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 List A, including either HIST512 or POLS537, and either a 60 point dissertation or a 90 point thesis in an approved topic relevant to environment and society.

    Notes:

    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: MNGT501, PCSS502, SCIE501, SSRP503, SSRP504.

    2. Students admitted under a) above may, at the discretion of the programme convenors, include up to 30 points in relevant papers outside of ANTH521, ENVP505, ENVP510, GEOG520, HIST512, POLS537 or ANTH512, BIOL560, BIOL562, BIOL570, DEVS502, ENVS524, GEOG515, MCOM584, STER513, TOMG502.

  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ACCT507Accounting, Sustainability and a Changing EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ANTH512Anthropology and DevelopmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ANTH521Environmental Anthropology18B (Hamilton)
    This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current environmental concerns and beliefs.
    ANTHY512Extractive Industries and Indigenous PeoplesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ANTHY521Environmental AnthropologyThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    BIOL560Freshwater Ecology18A (Hamilton)
    A critical examination of issues that freshwater ecosystems face (e.g. pollution, conservation, utilisation) and methods to mitigate potentially competing interests.
    BIOL562Marine and Estuarine Ecology18C (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.
    BIOL570Plant Ecology18A (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.
    DEVS502Sustainable Resource Issues18A (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.
    ECON515Economics and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ECON539Environmental and Resource EconomicsThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ENVP505Maori Environmental Management18B (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.
    ENVP510Planning Theory18B (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to make students aware of the values and power relations that infuse planning practices and processes.
    ENVS524Environmental EvaluationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    ESOC591Dissertation18C (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.
    ESOC592Dissertation18C (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ESOC593Environment and Society Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ESOC594Environment and Society Thesis18C (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    GEOG515Maori GeographiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    GEOG520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change18B (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...
    HIST512Green Histories of the World? Environmental History and Garden HistoryThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    LAWS570Special Topic: International Entertainment and Sports LawThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    MCOM584Sustainable Futures18A (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...
    MNGT501Research Methods in Management Studies18A (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...
    MNMGT581Research Methods in Management StudiesThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    PCSS502Kaupapa Maori ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    POLS504Gender, Justice and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    POLS537Environmental Politics and Public Policy18A (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 ...
    SCIE501Research Methods in the Sciences18B (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.
    SCTED513Environmental and Sustainability EducationThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SSRP503The Conduct of Social Science Research: Qualitative ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    SSRP504The Conduct of Social Science Research: Survey ResearchThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    STER513Environmental and Sustainability Education18C (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.
    STMG580Strategies for SustainabilityThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    THMGT502Tourism Development and the EnvironmentThis paper will not be taught in 2018
    This paper will not be taught in 2018
    TOMG502Tourism Development and the Environment18B (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 : 19 July 2018 11:44am

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