Geography aims to widen and increase the students' understanding of our ever-changing world. The emphasis is on the relationships between the physical and human environments. Fieldwork is a vital component of the study of Geography. Students make field trips to study the issues of coastal processes and conservation, plant and animal adaptions to their environment, impacts of natural hazards, tourism, and urban planning and development.
Years 7, 8, 9 and 10
Geography is compulsory throughout Years 7 to 10. From Year 7 onwards, students start to learn the main geographical skills, which will provide a valuable background to their future Geography studies. In fun, challenging and hands-on activities, students learn to map read, use a compass, research and carry out fieldwork observations and the collection and analysis of data. Each year, these essential Geographical skills are revised, developed and expanded upon using different contexts of study.
Beginning in Year 7, students are introduced to map reading skills using both their atlases and Google maps. They then study natural resources focussing on water.
In Year 8 the focus is on Australian environments and, in particular, coastal studies and tourism.
In Year 9 students investigate global biomes and food security. Through these they gain an understanding of global interconnections.
In Year 10 students study the spatial patterns of human-wellbeing by examining the causes and consequences of global inequality. They then investigate how our way of living affects sustainability and the environment, with special reference to climate change and our marine environments.
Years 11 and 12
Both the ATAR Geography course and the General Geography course are offered in Year 11. Currently in Year 12 the Stage 3 course is undertaken and has an external examination that may be used towards university entrance. The courses cover a wide range of skills and topics, many of which have been introduced in Years 7 to 10.
In the Year 11 General Geography course students study the Geography of Environments at Risk, investigating regions where people pose threats to the environment as they attempt to meet their needs. In the Geography of People and Places unit, students learn about the natural and cultural characteristics of a particular region and about the processes that have led it to change over time. A three-day camp, based at Metricup, is an essential part of this course.
In the Year 11 ATAR Geography course, students study Unit 1 Natural and Ecological Hazards, their global distribution and attempts made to minimise risks and propose solutions. The increasing incidence of hazards, together with their impact on standards of living, has prompted the active search for improved management solutions. This includes an understanding of the processes driving these hazards as well as the impacts and management of such events. The second unit, Global Networks and Interconnections focuses on globalisation and is based on the reality that we live in an increasingly interconnected world. This is a world in which advances in transport and telecommunications technologies have not only transformed global patterns of production and consumption, but also facilitated the diffusion of ideas and cultures. Of particular interest are the ways in which people adapt and respond to these changes. The topic will be studied using a variety of local, regional and global contexts. A three-day camp, based at Metricup, is an essential part of this course.
Currently in Stage 3 Geography, students study the Geography of Planning Cities. Challenges exist in designing cities to be more productive, vibrant and sustainable. Students will examine concepts, processes and roles of planning by comparing Perth with a selected megacity, Tokyo. In the Geography of Climate Change Over Geological Time, students learn that this global phenomenon can be created by both natural and human processes.
Students study how agriculture has influenced human sustainability through such activities as shifting agricultural regions, and energy use and new technologies. They will also investigate policies and strategies designed to guide future action used to address the effects of climate change.