Year 13 Geography/History

Course Description

Teacher in Charge:

Recommended Prior Learning

Recommended Prior Learning: What you need to be able to do and know to achieve in this subject: Taking Geography/History at a lower level will assist you to cope with the demands of this course. You will need to be able to show deep understanding of key concepts, so it will help if you can think logically, and formulate and justify opinions. At this level you should be self- managing, be able to take initiative, and work independently at times.

Who is this subject intended for:
It is for those who have an interest in the world around them; who want to make sense of the interconnections between people and places; and for those who aspire to be active participants in society. It is also for students who are keen to know how the past has informed the present, to better understand why things are the way they are. Our heritage helps define who we are so it is important to look back as well as to look forward. It is also for people who wish to refine and strengthen their writing and research skills. 

What you will learn in this subject:
Transferable skills such as the ability to think critically, analyse and synthesise information, conduct research, explore values, interpret and construct diagrams.  Essay writing remains a key skill which will be honed at Level 3. 

You should gain a deep understanding of the dynamics of the physical world and of how people interact with their environment and with each other. A key branch of Geography – Physical- is supported through a study of natural processes (especially coastal) operating in the Caroline Bay area. This involves a field trip to the area. You will conduct investigations at all scales, from personal to global. You will learn that Geography is nearly everything that we see and do making it relevant in our everyday lives. The theme of crime and punishment will also be studied. Students will also have the opportunity to study a famous N.Z. crime of their own choosing, as well as explore the Gun Powder Plot as an act of treason.

Where this subject will lead:
You will gain credits towards your NCEA Level 3 certificate and towards meeting University Entrance requirements.  It will set you up for tertiary level Geography or History, so you can start to make choices about specialising in natural or cultural branches of the subject. Geography and History skills and knowledge can be used in all career paths. Jobs associated with this subject include economist, farmer, adventure based tourism guide, travel agent, surveyor, teacher, regional planner, politician, geologist, real estate agent and many more.

Learning Areas:

Social Science

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

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