Course: Geography Category: A
2 units for each of Preliminary and HSC
Board Developed Course Exclusions: Nil
Geography in the senior years continues with the skills development that has been a part of junior Geography, while permitting the study of topics that are more in line with student interest. Topics that have been selected in the past include Urban Studies – Pyrmont redevelopment area in Sydney, Ecosystems at risk – intertidal wetlands at Sydney Olympic Park and the Great Barrier Reef, and fine wool production in our district and the world.
Students have found the study of Geography in senior years to be more engaging than the curriculum permits in the junior years, and the skills developed in the junior years will go a long way toward assisting students in the completion of their senior course.
Senior Geography has a compulsory Fieldwork component, and as such, students must expect to become involved in practical fieldwork experiences, over both years of study.
Senior Geography also permits students to investigate a topic of their interest during the completion of the Senior Geography Project (SGP). This is undertaken as a solo exercise with teacher supervision and direction during the Preliminary course.
The study of Senior Geography should hopefully lead to a life long interest in the world around us.
Main Topics Covered:
· Biophysical studies
· Global studies
· The Senior Geography Project
· Ecosystems at Risk
· Urban Places
· People, place and economic activity
Particular Course Requirements:
Students complete a senior geography project (SGP) in the Preliminary course and must undertake 10 hours of fieldwork in both the Preliminary and HSC courses.
SKILLS / APTITUDE Important Not so important
Essay Writing *
Oral Reporting *
Practical Work *
Working in a group or team *
Public Performance *
Meeting Deadlines *
Costs: Over the course of two years students must attend four fieldwork excursions totalling approximately $350.
Assessment: HSC Course only