Geography ATAR : Teaching and Learning Program
Geography investigates the arrangement of biophysical and human phenomena across space in order to understand the interconnections between people, places and environments.
The Course is divided into two units of study:
Unit 1: Hazards
The focus of this unit is the management of natural and ecological hazards and the risk they pose to people and environments. The increasing incidence of hazards, together with their impact on standards of living, has prompted the active search for proposed solutions. An understanding of how these hazards are perceived and managed at a local, regional and global level is developed in a range of ways. Firstly, an understanding of hazards (natural and ecological) is developed. Secondly, the spatial distribution of hazards and their cause and impact is examined. Thirdly, students investigate, where applicable, how human activity affects the risks associated with hazards. Finally, students investigate the strategies used to minimise this risk.
Unit 2: Global Interconnections
The focus of this unit is the investigation of the economic and cultural transformations taking place in the world. It examines the spatial outcomes of these processes and their social and geopolitical consequences. The changes taking place in the spatial distribution of the production and consumption of a commodity/good or service is explored, along with an investigation of cultural diffusion, adoption and adaptation on a global scale. The unit assesses the ways in which people embrace, adapt to or resist the forces of international integration.
NASA-Generated Damage Map To Assist With Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response.
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/ASI
Source: NASA-Generated Damage Map To Assist With Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Response, 2013, Photograph, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, accessed 25 November 2013, <http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA17687>.