The study of geography draws on students’ curiosity about the diversity of the world’s places and their peoples, cultures and environments. It enables them to appreciate the complexity of our world and the diversity of its environments, economies and cultures and use this knowledge to promote a more sustainable way of life and awareness of social and spatial inequalities.
Minimum is C grade in Year 10 Humanities and Social Sciences.
The Year 11 syllabus is divided into two units, each of one semester duration, which are typically delivered as a pair. The notional time for each unit is 55 class contact hours.
Unit 1 – Geography of Environments at Risk
This unit explores the spatial patterns and processes related to environments at risk, and to the protection of such environments through management at local, regional and global levels. In the local area, in specific regions and globally, people pose threats to the environment as they attempt to meet their needs. Individuals and/or groups can have conflicting viewpoints about particular environments. This can place environments at risk. Sustainable solutions need to be developed for these environments.
Students develop the knowledge, understandings and skills in this unit that are relevant to the world in which they live and which are also appropriate to careers in the environmental protection/rehabilitation, urban and regional development, and tourism industries.
Unit 2 – Geography of People and Places
This unit explores the natural and cultural characteristics of a region, the processes that have enabled it to change over time and the challenges it may face in the future. Students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills that will enable them to understand and apply the concept of a region to other regions in different scales.
Geographical Inquiry: 30%
Fieldwork / Practical Skills: 30%