Environment and Society (2020)

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.

    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: EDUCA500, MNMGT581.

    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.

  • 500 Level

    Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
    ANTHY521Environmental Anthropology20A (Hamilton)
    This paper uses an anthropological lens to understand human-environment relations and critically engages with current envrionmental concerns, beliefs, practices and ideologies.
    ENVPL505Māori Environmental Management20B (Hamilton)
    This paper aims to extend student understanding of key concepts, principles and methods relevant to Maori environmental management. Students who complete this paper will be expected to show an understanding or Maori perspectives on environmental management and be aware of the diversity within the Maori world. The paper has a focu...
    ENVPL510Planning Theory20B (Hamilton)
    This paper discusses the various theories that influence how we plan our world. It will cover issues such as power, justice, governance, politics, neoliberalism, marxism, gender, democracy and environmental racism.
    ENVS524Environmental Evaluation20A (Hamilton)
    This paper explores the interface between science and environmental planning. Insight into the resource consent process and the role of science in supporting sustainable resource management under the RMA is developed.
    ESOC591Dissertation20X (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.
    ESOC592Dissertation20X (Hamilton)
    A report on the findings of a theoretical or empirical investigation.
    ESOC593Environment and Society Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    ESOC594Environment and Society Thesis20X (Hamilton)
    An externally examined piece of written work that reports on the findings of supervised research.
    GEOGY520Human Dimensions of Environmental Change20B (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...
    LCOMM584Sustainable Futures20B (Hamilton) & 20B (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...
    MNMGT581Research Methods in Management Studies20A (Hamilton), 20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20G (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 conver...
    POLSC537Environmental Politics and Public Policy20B (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 ...
    SCTED513Environmental and Sustainability Education20X (Block)
    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.
    THMGT502Tourism Development and the Environment20B (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.

2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 13 December 2019 11:34am

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