In Senior Geography, students are inspired to a lifelong interest and a curiosity about our world. Geography is a living, breathing subject, constantly adapting itself to change. It is dynamic and relevant. It allows students to be responsible global citizens. Geography requires the collection of primary data in the field, which means that there are at least two field trips at each level. These field trips encompass both natural and cultural environments.
The importance of Senior Geography
Geographers have the potential to have a holistic view of our world. It allows travel, involves new experiences but importantly it allows the development of critical thinking involving natural and cultural environments.
In the New Zealand context, Tourism, Resource Planning and Legislation are growth industries. Event Management and Planning and Decision Making Administrators are in high demand. Geography is a discipline/subject that supports the fundamental skills and values that are key for further study, research and employment in these areas.
What pathways does Senior Geography lead to?
Studying Geography leads onto a range of different careers, for example: event management, planning and decision making (resource consents), geographic information specialist, urban (town) planner, primary industries (mining and agriculture), tourism (guide, administrator, resource planner), environmental management (coast, river, soil), forestry, teacher, social worker, lawyer.
What will be covered in the Senior Geography Programmes?
Level 1 Geography:
In Level 1 Geography students will learn fundamental concepts, perspectives and skills to allow them to develop the ability to understand local, national and global issues. In this course themes of studies are introduced and include geographic research, coastal erosion, significance of earthquakes for people and an introduction to Geographic Information Systems and Skills.
Level 2 Geography:
In Level 2 Geography students have the opportunity to build on skills developed in all Level 1 subjects. In this course themes of study become more specialised and allow students to form their own ideas and opinions using in depth geographic concepts, perspectives and skills. The themes of study include global patterns of natural features and the significance of these patterns to people, urban processes and patterns (e.g. Auckland), demonstrating an understanding of a large natural landscape (e.g. Rotorua Caldera) and how different groups of people view or use this landscape.
Level 3 Geography:
In Level 3 Geography students will be given the opportunity to use this subject as a University Approved Subject which includes UE Literacy Reading and Writing Credits. This course allows the development of critical thinking using both teacher selected and/or student selected case studies. The themes of study include analysing interacting natural processes (e.g. coastal environment/beach), analysing interacting cultural processes (e.g. Tourism in Rotorua/Waitomo), forming a geographic perspective of decision making and event management, but importantly producing or formulaing their own opinions using geographic concepts, perspectives and skills.