Human Geography

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Human Geography

  • Host University

    University of Otago

  • Location

    Dunedin, New Zealand

  • Area of Study


  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    An introduction to human geography which emphasises population, cultural and human behavioural issues, resource and economic development and settlement systems. Includes laboratory studies, tutorials and field work.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of this course students should have:
    -A good understanding of the content, key concepts and core sub-disciplines in contemporary Human Geography
    -Be familiar with, and be able to apply, basic methods of study and techniques of analysis in Human Geography
    -Be able to interact and communicate effectively as a member of a small group
    -Be able to analyse critically and to communicate your analysis effectively, both orally and in writing
    -Be well prepared to progress to second-year papers in Geography and to apply geographical perspectives in other subjects you may be studying

    Course Structure
    Lectures cover 4 modules:
    -People, the environment and development
    -People, place and power
    -People, urbanisation and the economy
    -People, communities and sustainability

    Text books are not required for this course: a course reader can be purchased from the University copy shop or accessed from the Central Library.

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Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.

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