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Geography - Level 2


Geography is the study of places. We learn about what places are like, why they look like they do and what the issues are in that place.

Geography comprises of learning about aspects of the natural and human world and how they interact with each other. It is a good subject for people who enjoy a mix of classroom and practical work. All standards offer Level 2 literacy credits (19) and the research standard counts towards numeracy credits (5).


From the mountains to the sea, 

Ki uta ki tai

From water quality to water supply to water bottling, water is one of our most talked about resources. Students will learn about physical geography with an emphasis on rivers and learning to carry out scientific research. A highlight of this unit is a 2-day fieldtrip to Arthurs Pass* to investigate how the Bealey river changes along its course. (5 Credits - Internal)

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The geography of health

Influenza, Malaria, Polio, HIV and Covid-19 are all diseases that have had a big impact on our world. Currently, 37 million people around the world are living with HIV/Aids and over 3.8 million have died from Covid-19. This unit allows students to learn about the factors that have caused the global pattern of either HIV/Aids or Covid-19, and how they impact people’s lives. Case studies are used from around the world including South Africa, USA, Brazil, UK, Taiwan and New Zealand. (3 Credits, Internal)

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CSI: The geography of crime

Students will learn about the factors and decisions that have influenced patterns of homicide in the city of Chicago (USA) from 1870 to today. As part of this urban geography topic there is a 1-day field trip around Christchurch city looking at new developments and visiting the Christchurch Police station to see how they analyse crime patterns. (3 Credits, Internal)

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It’s not fair!

Students are introduced to inequalities in development. Why are some people so well off and others so poor? Our case study focuses on the city of Mumbai in India and compares one of the world’s most affluent suburbs-Malabar Hill with one of Asia’s largest slums-Dharavi just up the road. (4 Credits, External)

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Geographic skills and concepts

This topic draws together and assesses student’s ability to apply the wide range of geographic skills and concepts that they have learnt about during the year. (4 Credits, External)

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Entry requirements: Open entry

Contact: Mr Meredith in Rm S4, Rm 309 or email mea@cghs.school.nz

The skills and knowledge learnt in Geography can lead to a diverse range of careers such as; journalism, environmental science, town planning, law, police, armed forces, aid and development, politics, resource management, agriculture, health careers, diplomacy, tourism, GIS, glaciology, hydrology, geology, surveying, engineering and landscape design.

* Please be aware that this course has associated costs. By selecting this course, you will be requested to make contributions connected to its delivery.

The approximate costs are: $120 for the two day field trip to Arthurs Pass.