Physical Geography

University of Otago

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Physical 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 the geographic study of the Earth?s environmental systems, with particular emphasis on energy, landforms, vegetation, surficial materials and water. Includes laboratory studies, tutorials and field work.

    Learning Outcomes
    By the end of the course you should:
    -Have a well-developed understanding of the content, key concepts and themes in contemporary Physical Geography
    -Be familiar with and able to apply basic methods of study and techniques of analysis in Physical Geography
    -Be able to analyse critically and communicate your analysis effectively using both oral and written media
    -Be well prepared to progress to 200-level papers in Geography and to apply geographic perspectives in other subjects you may be studying

    Course Structure
    This course consists of 4 lectures per week and 1 three-hour laboratory. Lectures cover 4 modules:

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