2013 Environmental Studies Level 2

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Subject and Level:


Environmental Studies and Resource Management Level 2


Course Prerequisites:

Nil, although some practical Geographic skills such as map and data interpretation would be an advantage.

There are no fees but there
will be a compulsory field trip which will incur costs.


Aims:


It is a major aim of Environmental Studies and Resource Management to produce environmentally aware students
and to equip them with skills to enable them to become future decision
-
makers on e
nvironmental matters in
whatever field they wish to pursue in the future. By studying this course students will be able to recognize the
responsibilities they have in relation to other people, the environment, and the long
-
term sustainability of the
plane
t. Students will gain knowledge, skills and experience to:



Understand how people interact with natural and cultural environments and that this interaction has
consequences ie, causes and effects.



Understand how people’s perceptions of and interactions with

natural and cultural environments differ and have
changed over time.



Identify, investigate and problem
-
solve environmental issues.



Build an understanding of issues in sustainability and how these affect us.



Develop skills in critical thinking, reflection
and inquiry learning.


Course Content:

This course is a response to the increasing need for people to be more aware of their environment and the changes
that are occurring to and within it.

Topics covered will include



The impact of human activity within

a certain environment



World views on sustainability and resource management



The study of aspects of sustainability in relation to a sustainable future.



A current NZ issue



An environmental study at a global scale


plus geographic skills, field work and research.

The course borrows aims, skills, ideas and knowledge from Geography and Education for Sustainability in order to
give students a well
-
rounded and informed course which will be a useful introduction for stu
dying sustainable
futures and our part in that.

Studies will be taken from a local, national and global level in order to recognise the challenges our society faces,
how governments and other agencies are responding to calls for action to reduce our ecolo
gical footprint and the
consequences of our actions/inaction.


Assessment:

The assessments are all level 2 Achievement Standards and are a combination of three internal and three external
assessments taken from Geography and Education for Sustainability, offering a total of 22 credits. Some of these
offer scope to present your wo
rk in different formats ( eg power
-
point, audio). Most internal assessments will be
done in class, although there is opportunity for practical research.

See the Departmental policy on further assessment opportunities


Where can this take you?


Sustainability, the environment and resource management are the hot topics in today’s world. There is an increasing
need for skilled, informed people to work in environmental affairs. These include policy makers, resource planners
(local and regional gove
rnment), scientists, industrial research, climatology, hydrology, soil scientists, farmers and
environmental consultants to name a few. A wide range of current environmental issues, from global warming to
resource sustainability (e.g. oil, water), have cre
ated an increasing environmental awareness and many businesses
(local and global) are now looking to employ “Green” technology. New Zealand is in a strong position to be a leader
in this field, and people with a strong background and understanding of envir
onmental issues will be in strong
demand in the coming years.



Appeal procedures:


Follows the approved LPHS Assessment Appeals Procedure.


Contact for further inquiries:

TIC : John Dixon. Email: jad@lphs.school.nz



Assessment chart:


AS No

Standard
Title

Credits

Internal /
External

Format

Indicative
Date

90812

Describe world views, their expression through
practices & activities, & the consequences for a
sustainable future

4

external

exam


90814

Describe aspects of sustainability in relation to a
sustainable future

4

external

exam


91243

Apply geography concepts and skills to
demonstrate understanding of a given
environment


4

external

exam


90811

Describe the consequences of human activity
within a biophysical environment in relation to a
sustainable future

4

internal

Fieldwork and
classroom
exercise

27 Jun
-
1
July

91245

Explain aspects of a contemporary New Zealand
geographic issue

3

internal

Classroom
exercise

28 Mar


1
Apr

91246

Explain aspects of a geographic topic at a global
scale
(“Endangered Species”)

3

internal

Classroom
exercise

28 Feb


4
March