Geography and History


What is Geography?
At the heart of the study of Geography is an understanding of how the natural world and humanity interact. Geography is the study of the environment as the home of people. You will learn to interpret the world and examine how it changes over time: past, present and future. You will explore the relationships and connections between people, in both natural and cultural environments, along with the consequences of these interactions. To begin the year you will study the local environment and then move to examining geographic events at a New Zealand level by inquiring into Auckland’s volcanic environment. Finally you will study disaster and change at a global level.
 
Your learning will be assessed by internal and external standards. This means that you will be assessed through project work, field investigations and mapping exercises carried out in classes as well as in an examination at the end of the year.
 
Where will Geography take you?
The knowledge and skills gained in Geography develop your ability to analyse and predict, promote compassion and cross-cultural understanding and bring you to a fuller understanding of the environment in which you live. This subject will also give you an understanding of why we need to use sustainable practices in order to care for our planet. You can study Geography up to Year 13 and at a tertiary level.
 
The door is then opened to careers as a: geographer, surveyor, town planner, environmental field worker, researcher, archaeologist, social scientist, anthropologist, insurance assessor, meteorologist, volcanologist, oceanographer.
 
What is History?
At the heart of the study of History is an understanding of how the past affects the present. Knowing the causes and consequences of past events shapes the lives of people now and into the future. In History you will learn about people’s perspectives, describe the importance and effect of historical events, examine how the causes and consequences of historical events shape society and investigate how the past makes us who we are. You will learn research, analysis and effective decision-making skills and how to present your knowledge and support your opinions with facts.
 
You will discuss how individuals and groups regard past events, as well as the impact of those events on their lives today. Topics covered include: cultural and international conflict, walking with Gandhi and King, examining the impact of Gallipoli on a young nation and how history is portrayed in Hollywood.
 
Your work will be assessed by internal and external standards. This means that you will be assessed through project work and investigations carried out in class as well as in an examination at the end of the year.
 
Where will History take you?
The knowledge and skills gained in History fosters your ability to contribute to the future of New Zealand and the world. You will also develop the skills to become a well-informed and well-rounded individual. You can study History up to Year 13 and at a tertiary level.
 
The door is then opened to careers as an:  historian, anthropologist, curator, librarian, researcher, teacher, archaeologist, social scientist, journalist, lawyer, political advisor, documentary film-maker.