Geography is an investigation of the world which provides an accurate description and interpretation of the varied character of the earth and its people. It is a key discipline through which students develop the ability to recognise and understand environmental change and the interactions which take place in our world.
Geography has many dimensions, two of which are emphasised in this syllabus:
- The ecological dimension considers how humans interact with environments
- The spatial dimension focuses on where things are, why they are there and how people interact differently with environments in different places.
Geographers investigate the opportunities for human activities, the constraints placed upon them and the impacts of these activities. The study of geography allows students to perceive the world in a variety of ways and helps them make sense of a complex and changing world.
In this syllabus the term environment describes the ‘total surroundings'. It includes biophysical interactions as well as people in their cultural, social, political and economic contexts. Geographers explore the spatial dimensions of environments examining linkages, flows, associations and patterns. Perceptions of the environment are also influenced by personal experience and information gained from the media and other information technology. These perceptions influence the way people interact with their surroundings affecting our use of resources, environmental management and our attitudes towards sustainability.
Geography is a life-long interest, stimulating a natural curiosity about how and why the world's people and their environments are so varied.
Senior geography project
Ecosystems at risk
People and economic activity