Elective Geography

Group A Elective

Course Description

The aim of Geography in Years 9 and 10 is to develop students’ knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes essential to an appreciation of geographic phenomena and to prepare students for informed and active citizenship in a changing world.

After several years of consolidating the current syllabus, we have had an opportunity to introduce new perspectives to our study of Physical Geography in Year 9. The students study oceanography, physical aspects of the natural world and tie it together with a transect through Africa.

With the great political upheavals as a result of limited food supplies, increased fuel prices and the drive to development, the study of political geography takes on a new importance for Year 10.

The course begins with a study of one of Australia’s neighbours—China. This then flows into a study of coal production in Australia and its future. The course concludes with a study of political geography.

Course Features

  • Fieldwork:
    Available to Elective students only, fieldwork at an appropriate site will enable students to investigate themes raised in the classroom and gain practical experience in the field. With the incorporation of current technology, the boys will have a field experience like no other. Specifically; Aquarium and Clovelly and a Singleton Coal Mine.
  • Contemporary Geographic Issues:
    With the aim of developing the student’s ‘world view’, frequent analysis of the issues making the news will be a feature of the course.
  • Perspectives:
    This world view will be further enhanced by “seeing things through others’ eyes”. This is highlighted by their Independent Research Project on conflict.