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Westfields Sports High School

Westfields Sports High School

First In Australia

Telephone02 9604 3333

Emailwestfields-h.school@det.nsw.edu.au

Course: Geography        Faculty: Social Science        Course Fees: Nil

Impact on Stage 6: N/A

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION - MANDATORY

The study of Geography enables students to become active, responsible and informed citizens able to evaluate the opinions of others and express their own ideas and arguments. This forms a basis for active participation in community life, a commitment to sustainability, the creation of a just society, and the promotion of intercultural understanding and lifelong learning. The skills and capabilities developed through geographical study can be applied to further education, work and everyday life.

 

MAIN FOCUS AREAS

By the end of Stage 5, students explain geographical processes that change features and characteristics of places and environments over time and across scales, to then explain the likely consequences of these changes. They analyse interconnections between people, places and environments and propose explanations for distributions, patterns and spatial variations over time and across scales. Students compare changing environments, analyse global differences in human wellbeing, explore alternative views to geographical challenges and assess strategies to address challenges using environmental, social and economic criteria.

Students undertake geographical inquiry to extend knowledge and understanding, and make generalisations and inferences about people, places and environments through the collection, analysis and evaluation of primary data and secondary information. They propose explanations for significant patterns, trends, relationships and anomalies in geographical phenomena. Students propose solutions, and may take action to address contemporary geographical challenges, taking into account alternative points of view and predicted outcomes. Students participate in relevant fieldwork to collect primary data and enhance their personal capabilities and workplace skills.

The Geography course in Year 9 is semesterised. This means that students will be studying Geography either in Semester One or Semester Two. The two units studied in Year 9 are Sustainabled Biomes and Changing Places.

 

OUTCOMES

  • Explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments
  • Analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments
  • Accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues
  • Assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability
  • Acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry
  • Communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies