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Stage 1 Geography

Course Length: 10-credit or 20-credit
Learning Area: Humanities and Social Sciences

Where does it lead?

Geography provides an opportunity to study our environment and how we interact with it. It helps develop research and communication skills and so provides a solid foundation for wide range courses in the humanities areas, particularly into the rapidly growing fields of environmental management and sustainable development.

What is in the course?

In particular Semester 1 will focus on the theme Global Issues and visit such global issues as:

  • renewable energy options like coal seam gas, nuclear, solar, tidal, or wind farms and likely visit the Bureau of Meteorology;
  • refugee movements and likely visit the Migration Museum and also review global waste management issues,
  • the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Semester 1 will also focus on the theme Sustainable Places and here focus will be on the liveability and sustainability of Adelaide as seen through some local small scale excursions and field work close to their home as the emphasis moves to urban planning and development.

In Semester 2, students will focus on the theme Hazards where such events as cyclones, tornadoes, drought, bushfires, flooding, earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, landslides, and avalanches will be the centre of their attention and be developed further through a reflection of the work of Mawson as noted in an excursion to the State Museum and more recently the events as recorded in the State Library.

Geography relies heavily on written communication skills and students should have good short essay writing skills. The ability to develop an argument, to analyse a source and to synthesise a range of sources is seen as significant.


  • Geographic Skills and Application
  • Fieldwork
  • Examination


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