This course offers students the chance to get to grips with some of the big questions which affect our world. Why are so many new diseases coming out of China? How did Ebola remain an epidemic yet Covid-19 a pandemic? Has cultural identity survived globalization? Can Australian’s continue to live in bushfire zones? Students develop an understanding of the social, economic and physical forces and processes which shape and change the world they live in. As Geography is a diverse and practical subject it offers students the opportunity to develop skills in computer based mapping, interpreting photographs, fieldwork observation, numeracy and literacy skills to interpret data, construct graphs and analytical written responses. The course consists of two units.
Unit 1 Natural and ecological hazards
This unit focuses on Natural and Ecological Hazards that threaten human life, health, economy and habitat. Students explore natural hazards, such as bushfires, volcanoes. They will also explore ecological hazards, for example, environmental diseases/pandemics. Students will look at the impacts of one natural and one ecological hazard in depth, including the nature of the human response. In this process they will consider Disaster Planning and Mitigation, and, how effective this can be.
Unit 2 Global networks and interconnections
In this unit, students explore the economic and cultural transformations taking place in the world – the spatial outcomes of these processes and their social and geopolitical consequences – that will enable them to better understand the dynamic nature of the world in which they live. This is a world in which advances in transport and telecommunications technologies have not only transformed global patterns of production and consumption but also facilitated the diffusion of ideas and elements of cultures. The unit explains how these advances have lessened the friction of distance and have impacted at a range of local, national and global scales.
Tests using data and understandings 30%
Note – A detailed assessment outline will be provided to students at the commencement of the course.
Geography is a broad based subject which provides lots of opportunities for future progression. For example, geography is an obvious choice for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, Agroecologists, Catastrophe model designer. For careers in the world of business, an understanding of global economics forms an important part of geography. If you are thinking of a career in law, human rights, international relations or welfare, then geography gives you the opportunity to consider relevant issues such as; How do we measure development? What are the consequences of migration on societies? If you are working towards a future course in medicine or veterinary medicine, then you will gain a clear understanding of how the environment affects health.