Who is this course for?
Geography is a link between the humanities and the sciences. Because of its cross disciplinary nature it teaches you a whole range of skills that can be used in your continuing academic learning and future careers. These include data collection, manipulation, presentation and analysis, essay writing, reading and interpreting maps, graphs and images, forming and justifying opinions and making formal oral presentations.
Two of the most important issues facing the world today are climate change and globalisation, both geographical. However, many other aspects of the subject are globally important, such as population change, resource management, hazard management, multiculturalism, industrial growth, economic development and much more.
If you study geography you are learning about issues that affect us and the world daily. To appreciate its relevance, watch the news and you will realise that nearly every issue is related to geography in some way. Geography is a multidisciplinary subject that offers you a whole range of choices for future study.
The IBDP Geography course covers the following content:
- Geophysical hazards
- Leisure, sport and tourism
- Urban environments (HL only)
- Changing population
- Global climate – vulnerability and resilience
- Global resource consumption and security
- Power, places and networks (HL only)
- Human development and diversity (HL only)
- Global risks and resilience (HL only)
There is also the compulsory internal assessment, which includes writing up an individual investigation.
Geography combines well with both arts and science subjects. Geography is a broad-based subject that really fits well with future progression. For example, for careers in sustainability and green issues, urban regeneration, energy supply, retail location, managing the effects of hazards and climate change, geography is an obvious choice. It also provides the transferable skills that allow students to access a broad range of careers including business, IT, tourism, architecture and law.