Geography

Course Content

You have the potential to gain 14 Internal credits and 8 external credits. The following table provides details:

Note: Achievement Standards with two stars (**) contributes to BOTH UE Reading & Writing literacy requirements.

Note: Achievement Standards with only 1 start (*) ONLY contributes to UE Reading literacy requirements.

Note: This standard offers both Numeracy & Literacy at Level 2

What should I have already achieved?

It would be advisable to have at least gained Level 1 Literacy and Level 1 Numeracy or completed Geography, English or History . Please note the Achievement Standard criteria for Geography requires a high level of English writing and reading skills.

What will I learn?

You should be interested in the natural and cultural environment and have a willingness to discover and explore the environment at a local, regional and national scale. You may have a developing knowledge of geography having completed Level 1 Geography.

Our learning takes place within and outside the classroom as we explore and investigate contemporary issues and topics that shape how people view and interact both socially and economically with their environment.

You will use and apply geographic concepts and geographic terminology to both internal and external assessments to show insight and understanding of the topics studied throughout the year.

Topics we will research and study in 2019 may include: the investigation of different perspectives / viewpoints for allowing 1080 in the Hunua Ranges or Aqua Farming; tourists on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing; understanding the global pattern and impact of Korean K- Pop Music or other topics such as the impact of HIV around the world today or a topic of your choice; undertake field research into either vegetation zonation, fluvial river processes; investigating the urban pattern. The two external exams focus on applying geography concepts and skills to demonstrate your understanding of a given environment as well as demonstrating your understanding of natural processes occurring in a large natural environment. Both externals draw on the internal assessments completed during the year along with specific case study knowledge also undertaken by you.

Learning will take place both within the classroom and beyond with the potential of field trips taking our learning beyond the classroom. It is expected that you will participate in field trips which support the assessment leanings.

Guest Speakers invited will also attend class sessions to support your learning.

This course will be assessed using a combination of 3 to 4 internal assessments completed during the year and 2 external assessments. Assessments will require you to demonstrate your understanding of geographic concepts in relation to case studies using graphs, maps, diagrams and written paragraph answers.

This course offers 18 to 22 credits depending on your course of study.

It is expected that ALL students complete ALL assessments on-time and to their highest abilities. Geography requires a high level of English writing and reading skills.

Further Assessment Opportunities (FAO)?

There are no FAO in Level 2 Geography.

What are the 2019 Course Costs?

For 2019 the courses costs for Geography are:

Geography Booklets $40.00 (paid directly to OSC Finance at the start of Term 1).

Student Workbook purchased from Office Max or ESA :

All students will required the following workbooks:

https://www.officemax.co.nz/School-Supplies/Textbooks-Workbooks/Geography/ESA-Geography-Learning-Workbook-Level-2-Year-12-9781927297612-2971283

AND if you have not taken Level 1 Geography you will also be required to purchase:

https://www.officemax.co.nz/School-Supplies/Textbooks-Workbooks/Social-Studies/ESA-Geographic-Skills-1-4-Learning-Workbook-Level-1-9780908315789-2915510

Equipment used in Geography (internal / externals) is a- 2B8 Book, Black Plastic Folder - 100-60 pockets for Hand-outs provided in class, Colouring Pencils, 180 or 360 degree Protractor; 30cm Ruler, Easer, Highlighters and Pens for writing as identified in your Stationary List.

Study Guides for Level 2 Geography by Jean McCann - available in bookshops and/or a limited number of copies are available on Desk Copy loan from the school library.

The following Field Trips for Level 2 Geography in 2019 are:

Term 2, Week 2 field trip to Taupo - Tongariro Volcanic Environment: 3 days / 2 Nights. The purpose of learning beyond the classroom is to discover and experience a large natural volcanic environment through field investigations and guest speakers. This field trip supports AS91245 "Demonstrate geographic understanding of a large natural environment" (4 credits) and AS91245 "Conduct with guidance geographic research" (5 credits).

Cost: (estimate only) $400 per student. This cost includes ALL accommodation, transportation, guides / guest speakers and meals. Please note that the cost is subject to class numbers.

July, 1st Week of School Term Break a field trip to Samoa - this field trip is aimed at Level 3 Geographers to carry out their research in an overseas setting. A learning opportunity for Year 12 students may be possible subject to availability of spaces. The estimate costs for this trip are $2,100 covering flights, accommodation, transportation and learning activities. It is not a requirement for students to be on this trip.

Further details of all Field Trips 2019 will be discussed in Class and information provided for parents/guardians in due course.