Level 1 Geography 101

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: Kōkā E. Stanbridge.

Geography 101

Geography is the subject that holds the key to our future.” - Michael Palin.

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth's surface and the human societies spread across it. It is about understanding the processes of the world around us, to help us make sense of our ever-changing natural and cultural environments. There are practical fieldwork and skills components to the subject.

This course is designed as an introduction to the study of Geography. We learn about different aspects of the natural and cultural world, including extreme natural event processes, contemporary geographic issues, geographic research, and the global nature of today's world. The course is varied and interesting, with an emphasis on gaining the skills integral to Geography. There is a practical component, including a possible field trip to support the learning.

Course Overview

Term 1
Global Geographic Patterns
All About Chocolate: The Global Distribution of Cocoa Production and Chocolate Consumption.

Term 2
Contemporary Geographic Issue
Socio-economic Processes in our Country: The State of Child Poverty in New Zealand.

Conducting Geographic Research
Understanding the Local Environment: Microclimates Operating in our Neighbourhoods.

Term 3
Geographic Skills
The Language of Geography: Applying Geographic Skills

Term 4
Natural Processes
Extreme Natural Events: Natural Processes, Impacts and Strategies for Preparedness and Prevention.

Contributions and Equipment/Stationery

There may be one-day field trips as part of this course. There is a possible data gathering trip at one point in the year. Once confirmed, there will be a small cost.

It is also expected that you purchase the Skills workbook costs approximately $20. A ruler and colouring pencils are recommended alongside stationery outlined in the published stationery list.


Geography graduates work in a wide range of roles that have a focus on the environment or society using skills such as planning and research. Students with a focus on human geography may work as community liaison officers, volunteer coordinators, development officers, refugee support coordinators, advocates, immigration advisers, logistics coordinators, data or statistical analysts, emergency management officers or programme coordinators.

Physical geography students may work in these areas as well as in more scientific, technical or analytical roles such as environmental specialists, cartographers, supply chain analysts, compliance officers, land advisers, resource consent planners, transport analysts, urban planners or modelling or statistical analysts.

Assessment Information

Students are able to demonstrate understanding of spatial distribution of phenomena and its impacts within te taiao.

Credit Information

You will be assessed in this course through all or a selection of the standards listed below.

Total Credits Available: 5 credits.
Internally Assessed Credits: 5 credits.

Internal or
L1 Literacy Credits
UE Literacy Credits
Numeracy Credits
A.S. 91932 v3
Geography 1.1 - Demonstrate understanding of the spatial distribution of a phenomenon and its impacts on place
Level: 1
Internal or External: Internal
Credits: 5
Level 1 Literacy Credits: Y
University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Numeracy Credits: 0
Credit Summary
Total Credits: 5
Total Level 1 Literacy Credits: 5
Total University Entrance Literacy Credits: 0
Total Numeracy Credits: 0