NCEA Level 3 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Ms D. Lee
Geography is a future-focused subject. It is the science of place and space. As the study of the earth's landscapes, people, places, and environments; geography is unique in linking the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Geography will equip students with transferable skills such as report writing, critical evaluation, decision-making, problem-solving, and wide-ranging analytical skills, including statistical and geospatial analysis. Opportunities to widen your learning in authentic contexts through field work and other experiences also exist and can deepen your skills set. The cross-disciplinary nature of Geography leads to a range of exciting opportunities at University level and beyond. The interchangeable skills attained in Geography are well respected by employers from many sectors in today's workforce. For example, graduates emerging with GIS (Geographic Information Systems) experience are highly sought after.
The essence of geography is all about a sustainable future, and therefore much of the course outlined below is underpinned by the United Nations sustainable development goals.
Topics may include:
• Back to the future - explore Geography in the real world - make Geography career connections. Apply a range of geographic skills and concepts in the local area.
• Wanderlust - gain understanding on the cultural process of tourism development in New Zealand and other global settings such as Las Vegas and Australia. Investigate related geographic issues such as the impacts of Covid-19, sustainable transport, freedom camping, carbon footprints, increased housing costs and crime and sustainable tourism futures.
• 100% Pure - understand the interacting natural processes that have formed physical features such as mountains, lakes, rivers, and beaches in tourism hotspots. Tourism sustainability inquiry; experience a five-day field trip to Queenstown. Apply practical methods to collect field data, practice design and research methodology. Develop teamwork and independent thinking.
• Taken - your choice; study modern day human trafficking or plastics pollution in our oceans and the associated issues. Enhance your ability to synthesize differing perspectives, spatial patterns and types of information.
• Space Invaders - consider the diverse ways people use spaces in urban environments. Look at the changing use of space in Canterbury's post-quake environment a decade on. Study the geographic concepts of sustainable cities, urban renewal, revitalisation, resilience and zombie towns.
• ICT Geography - use subject specific geo-spatial applications such as GIS (Geographic Information Systems), GPS technology, Google Earth Pro, drone UAV technology, Satellite images and data recording in fieldwork.
"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, in 2021 there will be a five-day practical field study to Queenstown; a cost of approximately $400.
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.
This course is approved for University Entrance.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.
Approved subject for University Entrance
Number of credits that can be used for overall endorsement: 19
Only students engaged in learning and achievement derived from Te Marautanga o Aotearoa are eligible to be awarded these subjects as part of the requirement for 14 credits in each of three subjects.