Elective Geography

A 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, extreme environments of the natural world and tie it together with a transect through Africa.

In our exploration of Human Geography, we introduce the topics of primary production with an exploration of supply chains and slave labour in the West African cacao industry and the political, economic and environmental issues surrounding Australia’s coal industry.

Students then explore economic or political issues associated with one of Australia’s closest neighbours such as Vietnam, Bangladesh and China.

With the great political upheavals as a result of limited food supplies, increased fuel prices and the drive to development, the final topic of political geography takes on a new importance for the students. Students choose an issue they have related to for a contemporary investigation.

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.