Year 11 Geography - Disaster and Conflict

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.


Year 12 Classical Studies - Heroes, Hitched and Disasters (This course is now full and no longer available in 2021), Year 12 Geography, Year 12 History: Crisis and Controversy (This course is now full and no longer available in 2021), Year 12 Media Studies, Year 12 Social Studies, Year 12 Tourism

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

Pathway Tags

Possible future careers: Urban/Environmental/Regional/Town Planner, Immigration Officer, Intelligence Officer, Construction and Infrastructure, Geospatial Specialist, Survey Technician, Surveyor, Secondary School Teacher, Tertiary Lecturer, Geologist, Meteorologist, Travel Agent/Adviser, Retail Manager, Actor, Art Director (Film/Television/Stage), Artistic Director, Translator, Archivist, Conservator, Curator, Librarian, Library Assistant, Author, Journalist, Elected Government Representative, Policy Analyst, Barrister, Judge, Legal Executive, Solicitor, Records Adviser, Retail and Personal Services, Teaching, Demographer, Tourist Operator, Tourism Industry, Archaeologist, Anthropologist, Resource Management, Diplomat, Sociologist, Film maker, Lawyer, Social Work, Survey Technician, Volcanologist.