GEO21

L2 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mr P. Hancock

The fundamentals of this subject remain the same as Level 1 Geography “The study of the environment as the home of people.” It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time. It explores the relationships between people and the natural and cultural environments, and the effects they have on each other.

Understanding the world we live in involves aspects such as social issues, environmental issues, patterns, contributing factors and solutions. These skills are very desirable for further training and future career opportunities.

Employers seek a mixture of skills, qualifications and experience when they recruit for a job. Upon studying Geography, you will be exposed to a variety of learning activities which will enable you to become:

  • Good communicators with strong presentation skills

  • Competent in using ICT

  • Independent researchers

  • More able to work effectively in a team in a variety of roles

  • Critical thinkers and problem solvers

  • Appreciative of different cultures

  • Good at combining information from a variety of sources through excellent writing skills

Statistics show that geographers are among the most employable compared with other disciplines. Some of the fields of work for which geographers have the necessary skills include marketing, leisure and tourism, environmental work, using Geographical Information Systems, management, urban and rural planning, surveying, the Armed Services, law and architecture.

Topics include: investigating an urban pattern, e.g. Homicide and Gangs in Chicago; geographic research, e.g. Field trip investigating variations in local beaches; a contemporary geographic issue, e.g. refugees in New Zealand; global patterns, e.g. water as a precious resource; geographic skills, such as mapping and graphing; and differences in development between Norway and Tanzania. As a subject we will also be offering the option to tailor your own interests and passions into the various achievement standards we offer. If the provided case study topic does not excite you there is the option for you to submit an expression of interest to combine the assessment requirements to a topic of your choice. As long as we feel this new topic will allow you to meet the assessment criteria this is a viable option as we are firm believers of applying the required learning to areas of interest.


Recommended Prior Learning

8 Level 1 credits in either 11HIS, 11ENG or 11GEO

Pathway

Standards Available

This course is eligible for subject endorsement.

Total Credits Available: 26 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 12 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 14 credits.

Assessment
Description
Level
Internal or
External
Credits
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91240 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 2.1 - Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91241 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 2.2 - Demonstrate geographic understanding of an urban pattern
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91242 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 2.3 - Demonstrate geographic understanding of differences in development
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 4r,4w
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91243 v2
NZQA Info
Geography 2.4 - Apply geography concepts and skills to demonstrate understanding of a given environment
4
4
4
Level: 2
Internal or External: External
Credits: 4
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91244 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 2.5 - Conduct geographic research with guidance
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: Y
A.S. 91245 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 2.6 - Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand geographic issue
3
3
3
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
A.S. 91246 v3
NZQA Info
Geography 2.7 - Explain aspects of a geographic topic at a global scale
Level: 2
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 3
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 26
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 26
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 8
TotalNumeracy Credits: 5

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