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“As a young man, my fondest dream was to become a geographer. However, while working in the Customs Office, I thought deeply about the matter and concluded that it was far too difficult a subject. With some reluctance, I then turned to physics as an alternative.”

Albert Einstein

Why Study Geography?

Geography holds an important place in today’s society. Climate change, economic migration and geopolitics are becoming more relevant in our daily lives and it is crucial that young people understand the human and physical workings of our world.

Geography is a very broad subject. Physical geography deals with the physical workings of our world; the reasons our landscapes look the way they do and the processes that lead to change over time. Human geography encompasses all human activity and its economic, environmental and social effects. As a discipline, Geography bridges the gap between the human and physical landscapes of our world and analyses the ways in which one impacts the other.

Geography is also a very versatile subject that supports learning in other areas — fieldwork, ICT and Geographical Information Systems (GIS)  are intrinsic parts of the subject. By analysing evidence and forming  evaluative judgments, students will develop useful research skills which will serve them in all walks of life. Geography also affords students the opportunities to better and enhance their skills in the areas of literacy, numeracy, problem-solving, teamwork, presentation and debate. As imparting information through writing is the backbone of assessment in today’s education system, enhancing students’ critical thinking and extended writing skills is crucial to success. All of these skills are not only essential, but very transferable and highly attractive to employers.

Taught by Mr G McElroy


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