While New Zealand has many of the same environmental concerns as other high income countries (e.g. habitat loss, climate change, and pollution), its geological history and biodiversity creates unique challenges, making it an ideal backdrop to investigate the relationship between humans and the environment. In this course the sources and value of this diversity, and the importance of sustainability will be explored. Additionally, current efforts to protect and preserve endemic species and ecological habitats will be compared to both historical and modern global environmental practices and policies. Students in this course will have the opportunity to both study and experience the environmental issues of New Zealand through research, interactions with local experts, and direct observations.