Level 1 Geography
Teacher in Charge: Mr J. Burtenshaw
IF YOU LOVE FIELD TRIPS - YOU WILL LOVE GEOGRAPHY. Geography focuses on how people interact with the natural and cultural environments they inhabit. Geographers are involved in adapting real world solutions to real world problems such as climate change and migration. The study of Geography enables students to view the world in a balanced way. Level 1 Geography focuses on a number of topics, including human impacts at Goat Island Marine Reserve, the sustainability of fishing, using Google Earth to map the potential impacts of a volcanic eruption in Auckland, the 2009 Samoan tsunami and the application of geographic skills. The term 1 field trip to Goat Island Marine Reserve near Leigh, north of Auckland, is a major highlight, where you will spend the day gathering field data, visiting the University of Auckland Marine Discovery Centre, snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the marine reserve and enjoying a glass bottom boat tour. Take a look at the following Guardian newspaper clip about urban night light to get an idea about what geography is about: https://www.theguardian.com/ci...
AS 91011 (1.5) CONDUCT GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH WITH DIRECTION – Goat Island is a popular Marine Reserve north of Auckland. In this AS, we will focus on measuring the extent of human impact by gathering data on a field trip and analysing it when we return to school. 4 credits
AS 91009 (1.3) DEMONSTRATE GEOGRAPHIC UNDERSTANDING OF THE SUSTAINABLE USE OF THE ENVIRONMENT – WHATS THE CATCH? This achievement standard focuses on the commercial fishing industry in New Zealand. Sustainability involves the managing of New Zealand’s fishing stocks in a responsible way over time. 3 credits
AS 91014 (1.8) APPLY SPATIAL ANALYSIS, WITH DIRECTION, TO SOLVE A GEOGRAPHIC PROBLEM – RUAUMOKO ERUPTS – This achievement standard models the volcanic eruption of a new volcano within the Auckland region. Using Google Earth, you will map the extent of the volcanoes eruption and write a report that outlines the emergency services (CD) plans to evacuate those people affected. 3 credits
AS 91007 (1.1) DEMONSTRATE GEOGRAPHIC UNDERSTANDING OF ENVIRONMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN SHAPED BY EXTREME NATURAL EVENTS – TSUNAMI IN SAMOA: This standard looks at the natural processes that produce an extreme natural event, the effects (consequences) as well as what people can do to minimise the effects of an extreme natural event (disaster). The ENE that you will focus on is a tsunami and the case study will focus on Samoa. 4 credits.
AS 91010 (1.4) APPLY CONCEPTS AND BASIC GEOGRAPHIC SKILLS TO DEMONSTRATE UNDERSTANDING OF A GIVEN ENVIRONMENT: This achievement standard tests a range of geographic skills applied to a particular setting. 4 credits
Preparation for the external exams.
Contributions and Equipment/Stationery
There is one fieldtrip involved with Level 1 Geography. It is compulsory and is linked to an internal assessment.
The cost will be between $35 and $40 and involves a day at Goat Island Marine Reserve where students will visit the Marine Discovery Centre run by Auckland University. We will carry out fieldwork on the beach and embark on a glass bottom boat trip around the Marine reserve. There will also be an opportunity (optional) to go snorkelling. The information collected will enable students to gain 3 credits for an internal assessment. There is also a $26 charge for a Geographic Skills text book.
Recommended Prior Learning
Total Credits Available: 18 credits.
Externally Assessed Credits: 8 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 10 credits.
A degree in Geography will open a lot of very interesting career doors. So many of the world's current issues – at a global scale and locally - boil down to geography, and need the geographers of the future to help us understand them. Climate change as it increasingly affects countries and regions, food and energy security, the degradation of land and soils from over-use and misuse, the spread of disease, the causes and consequences of migration, and the impacts of economic change on places and communities. These are just some of the challenges facing the next generation, which geographers must help solve. As well, Geography is a subject that teaches you many skills that will help you succeed at university - whether you choose to study Geography or focus on another degree such as medicine or law. Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that Geography students develop throughout their studies. The following is a list of professions that studying Geography can lead to... Lawyers, Teachers, Social Workers, Politicians, Policy Analysts, Climatologist, Geomorphologists, Meteorologists, Environmental Consultants, Urban Planners, Demographers, Landscape Designers, Tourism Management, Archaeology, Journalism, Museum Curators, Archivists, Tourism Managers, Business Analysts, Public Relations Managers, Content Strategists, Web Development, Social Media Managers, Communications Officers, Human Resource Managers, Government Agency Roles... The list goes on.,