Stage 1 | Subject outline | Version control
For teaching in 2021. Accredited in May 2016 for teaching at Stage 1 from 2017.
Stage 1 | Subject outline | Subject description
Geography is a 10-credit subject or a 20-credit subject at Stage 1 and a 20-credit subject at Stage 2.
Through the study of Geography, students develop an understanding of the spatial interrelationships between people, places, and environments. They appreciate the complexity of our world, the diversity of its environments, and the challenges and associated opportunities facing Australia and the world.
Geography develops an appreciation of the importance of place in explanations of economic, social, and environmental phenomena and processes.
Geography provides a systematic, integrative way of exploring, analysing, and applying the concepts of place, space, environment, interconnection, sustainability, scale, and change. Students of Geography identify patterns and trends, and explore and analyse geographical relationships and interdependencies. They use this knowledge to promote a more sustainable way of life and an awareness of social and spatial inequalities.
Through a humanities lens, students investigate spatial aspects of society using inquiry methods that are analytical, critical, and speculative. Through a science lens, students develop an appreciation of the interdependence between the biophysical environment and human activities.
Students engage in geographical inquiry by using geographical methods and skills. They pose geographical questions, seek answers, and evaluate responses, using a range of fieldwork and spatial technology skills. Fieldwork, in all its various forms, is central to the study of Geography, as it enables students to develop their understanding of the world through direct experience.