Year 12 Geography

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Mrs R. Blyth

This course can be taken as a full year option (12-16 credits) OR as a Semester option (Semester 1: 10 credits, Semester 2: 10 credits).

Who is this subject intended for:
This course is for students who want to make sense of a complex and changing world and their place in it- to develop a deeper understanding of people and places and the connections between each. It is an academic course that offers 9-12 Internal and 8 External credits

What you will learn in this subject:
Transferable skills such as critical thinking; inquiry / research; writing; exploring values; goal setting; interpreting and constructing visuals such as graphs and maps, and many more. Literacy, numeracy and graphical skills will build throughout the year.
Topics that support two main branches of the subject- Physical and Human Geography- will be studied. You will develop an understanding of the natural environment of the South Island High Country with a field trip to Mt Cook for three days. An investigation into into the geographical issue of 1080. You will also look at a global issue of Malaria, identifying the causes and the effect this has on people and places.

Where this subject will lead:
Geographic skills and ideas can always be applied outside the classroom. Hopefully you will develop a sense of wonder about the world and be inspired to help shape a better future. This course will enable you to advance to higher levels of Geography. You will realise that Geography is an ‘umbrella’ subject that compliments many other subjects Biology, Mathematics, History and English.


Year 13 Geography

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

This course may have an optional component which will require payment.

Recommended Prior Learning

What you need to be able to do and know to achieve in this subject: It will be helpful if you have done the foundation Level 1 course. You can pick the subject up at this level, but you need to have good literacy and numeracy skills as it is an academic subject. A curious nature will help, as you seek help to understand the wider world. You must have a commitment to doing the best you can so that you can succeed at the highest level to you. You should be willing to participate fully in the course if you are to get the most out of it.