Level 2 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Ms P. Buddle
The standards and topics offered in this course may be altered at the discretion of the Head of Department.
Geography is an excellent general knowledge subject that deals with what is happening in the world around us. Students studying Geography strengthen their abilities to research, communicate in writing, and use spatial reasoning skills, use statistics accurately and appropriately, analyse a range of data sets and draw valid and accurate conclusions.
Year 12 Geography examines further examples of people interacting within their environment.
•The Natural Landscape topic looks at significant landscapes, how they have evolved and the impact of people on these environments. Our case study is the Amazon Basin.
•Disparities of Development explores the reasons for inequalities throughout the world and the attempts to counteract poverty. Our case studies include the USA and Afghanistan.
•Field Studies will look at natural landscapes and settlements. There is a field excursion to Tongariro National Park involving data collection for a research assessment. The
approximate cost for this is $300
•Other internal assessments examine students’ understanding of Geographic issues of a contemporary nature on local and and global scales.
Geography at University is considered as both a Science and a Humanities’ subject and is cross-creditable depending on your chosen emphasis. A number of students who study Geography at University will go onto careers in planning, spatial analysis and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or environmental science. Other students combine Geography with Law or Commerce while Medical students that require a Humanities’ subject can choose Geography.
Recommended Prior Learning
At least 10 credits total in Level 1 Geography. For those new to the subject only – at least 10 credits total in an English or Social Sciences’ course of which 3 credits should be externally examined OR HOD approval. Credits from other subjects are only applicable for students who did not take Geography at Level 1 in the previous year.
(based on Entrance Exams and Internal Assessment results)
This course is eligible for subject endorsement.
Total Credits Available: 19 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 11 credits.
Courses will only run based on minimum entries
Selecting a course does not guarantee entry into this course
You may apply for an exemption if you do not meet the prerequisites of a course or if the course requires this for entry
Standards offered can be altered at the discretion of the HOF or HOD of the Department
Some standards in NCEA courses might be optional depending on student strengths