Year 11 Geography - Disaster and Conflict

Course selection will be active from the 14th August 2020.

Course Description

Teacher in Charge: D. Severinsen

What students will learn:

How people cope and survive natural disasters.  Students will choose their own disaster to research using a local, national or international case study.  Possible disasters could include:

  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Tsunami
  • Cyclones/Hurricanes
  • Floods
  • Tornado


Why there are conflicting viewpoints over what is happening in NZ and the world around us. Possible contexts could include: 

  • Living in vulnerable environments, eg, Drought prone Northland, Bush Fire Zones such as Australia or Los Angeles.
  • Using hazardous environments, such as Whakaari/White Island, as tourist attractions.
  • Opening our borders during worldwide pandemics, such as Covid 19.
  • Other relevant and current issues.

How students will learn:

• Through critical thinking, collaboration, communication, research and fieldwork.

What students will enjoy:

• Studying through real life contexts, learning about people in extreme or conflict  situations.

• Learning outside the classroom through an optional one day trip to the Poor Knights.

Contributions and Equipment

Own electronic device - lap top or notebook
Exercise book 1B8 or 2B8
Pens, pencils, ruler, gluestick, coloured pencils

Recommended Prior Learning

Open entry


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