NCEA Level 1 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Ms D. Lee
Geography is the science of place and space, and studying this future-focused subject helps us to understand the connections between people and the environment. This course will enable you to take an informed and analytical view of our changing world, and of your place in it. To appreciate the relevance of Geography; watch the news and realise that nearly every issue is related to Geography in some way. This puts Geography at the core of many important current debates. For example, a Geographic perspective allows us to adopt a holistic approach towards the issue of climate change; one considers the physical factors causing the problem and the human response. The cross-disciplinary nature of Geography provides students not only with a wide range of career options but it also develops a range of highly transferable skills such as problem-solving, decision-making, critical evaluation, and digital literacy. Opportunities to apply your learning in authentic contexts outside the classroom through field work and other experiences also exist and can deepen your skills set and employability.
The essence of this subject is all about a sustainable future, and therefore, much of the course is underpinned by the United Nations sustainable development goals.
Topics in Year 11 may include the following:
• IN2 Geography - understand geographic concepts and make connections with real-world examples such as the globalisation of fashion, sustainable cities, global warming issues and plastics pollution. Discover the geology of the Port Hills and dynamic changing landscapes in our local area.
• Mac Attack - inquiry driven; practical application of field work based skills and ideas, including conducting research in our local community. Learn about the spatial patterns of land-use, retail property development and supporting infrastructure.
• Shake it up - learn about the causes, effects, and responses to earthquakes. Compare the Kaikoura/ Christchurch/ Darfield earthquakes to overseas experiences.
• Water Woes - delve into the environmental issues arising from the intensification of dairy farming in Canterbury. A classic environment versus economy debate. Investigate Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere and its pollution levels. Consider the implications of water chlorination in Christchurch.
• Nothing to see here - learn about the causes, effects, and responses to the contemporary geographic issue of child poverty in New Zealand.
• Silver Tsunami - make global connections; study the world’s ageing population issues. Explore innovative ideas used in places such as Finland and Japan - remote care revolution, virtual visits and rent-a-family. Apply future-thinking and problem-solving to New Zealand's ageing population issue. Be able to recognise different perspectives.
• ICT Geography - use subject specific geospatial applications such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS technology, Google Earth Pro, Drone UAV technology, Satellite images and data recording in fieldwork.
• Geography at the movies - apply geographic perspectives to films.
"The study of geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map. It's about understanding the complexity of our world, appreciating the diversity of cultures that exists across continents. And in the end, it's about using all that knowledge to help bridge divides and bring people together".
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
In addition to stationery, there will be a charge for travel expenses for practical field studies of approximately $65. In 2021 there will be field trips to the Port Hills/Sumner, Te Waihora Lake Ellesmere, Quake City and Waimairi Cemetery. Students also require a write-on skills text at a cost of approximately $25.
This course will have an online learning component that would suit Bring Your Own Device - students bringing a netbook or laptop to class.
Recommended Prior Learning
NIL - A strong interest in learning about people and the environment; identifying issues and being solution focused is desirable.
Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.