Prerequisites In total, 14 credits achieved in Level 2 NCEA Geography (8 credits – external), or 60 credits achieved in the student's top four subjects in NCEA Level 2 and by recommendation of the HoD Geography. Description Geography used to be a subject where you had to learn long lists of facts. It is much more interesting than that today. It allows you to enquire into the world in which you live.
Geographic research will involve fieldwork in Akaroa to collect information and then applying appropriate procedures to interpret and present the research data. There are two field trips for this course. A two-day trip to Akaroa and a one-day visit to the Christchurch coast. Assessment This course contributes towards NCEA Level 3 and University Entrance, with 12 of the 23 credits externally assessed by examination, and the remaining 11 credits internally assessed. The following Achievement Standards will be assessed: • AS 91426 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of how interacting natural processes shape a New Zealand geographic environment. • AS 91427 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of how a cultural process shapes geographic environment(s). • AS 91429 (4 credits – external) Demonstrate understanding of a given environment(s) through selection and application of geographic concepts and skills. • AS 91430 (5 credits – internal) Conduct geographic research with consultation. • AS 91431 (3 credits – internal) Analyse aspects of a contemporary geographic issue. • AS 91432 (3 credits – internal) Analyse aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale.
The course involves:
• Field trips, local surveys, case studies • Models, simulation activities • Observing, looking, listening, writing, summarising
• Reading aerial photographs and using weather maps, topographical maps, graphs, statistics • Investigating other countries at different levels of development • Interviewing, recording, research • Gathering resources, using newspapers, texts, magazines, year books • Problem solving, current issues, resource conflict
The course includes the following topics:
• Coastal processes in New Zealand, with case studies from north Auckland, Timaru and Pegasus Bay, Canterbury • Global tourism development, including using the context of Queenstown, New Zealand • Human trafficking as a contemporary geographic issue
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