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Geography

***NOT OFFERED IN 2017***

Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. It seeks to interpret the world and how it changes over time. 

This course would appeal to students interested in how people interact with their natural and cultural environment. We will explore geographical skills, natural hazards, landscape formation, population studies and sustainable resource use. You will gain the knowledge, skills and experience to understand how people interact with natural and cultural environments and that this interaction has consequences.

Level 1:
Students will learn fundamental skills and knowledge as geographers, including mapping, précis sketching, understanding time and how to interpret cartoons, photos and data. Students will look at both global and local water shortages and their effects on people. Students will discover what happened in the Canterbury Earthquakes and why so many more people died on February 22nd 2011. Students will compare this to what happened in the 1931 Napier quake.

Level 2: Students will study the natural landscape of the South Island High Country. They will look at the natural processes; tectonic, climate, glaciation and vegetation, that created the landforms and discover the impact of human habitation historically and today. They will look at differential development and the causes of some people being well off while others struggle to feed their families. They will look at the development of cities and the impacts of urbanisation. They will research the differences oin temperatures across a region and the reasons for this. They will study the Gold Coast and see how tourism has impacted on the facilities of the city.

Level 3: Students will study the development of tourism in Queenstown and on the Gold Coast in Australia. They will study the development of adventure tourism, environmental tourism, the impact of tourism and the sustainability of tourism development in these areas. Other areas of study will include: 
a. researching the impact of the Pekapeka to Otaki expressway route, the impact on the environment, the people and the economy 
b. Global water issues 
c. New Zealand’s Energy future

At each level, students will undertake Geographic research; examine a Geographic issue and a topic at a global scale. Students develop a wide range of skills from map reading and drawing to graphing, paragraph writing, data analysis and making justified decisions. Students who take Geography have the skills which are looked for by a wide range of employers and can undertake either an Arts or a Science degree at University level.