Geography is the study of the human and natural worlds, and the influence that these have on one another. Students learn about the most recent world issues, from climate change to the impacts of current wars. Geography is a positive, forward-looking subject that offers students a chance to apply cutting-edge technologies and study the latest approaches to social and environmental issues, thus preparing students to make positive change from a local to an international scale. Students undertake fieldwork in each unit to investigate the concepts learnt in the classroom.
Geography graduates are some of the most sought after employees in the modern workforce and have a vast array of career paths available to them, including: International Aid work, Disaster Management, Tourism, Town and Social Planning, Wildlife Management, Oceanography, Climatography and plenty more.
Unit 1: Hazards and disasters
In this unit students undertake an overview of hazards before investigating two contrasting types of hazards in detail. Some examples of hazards that may be studied include volcanic activity, tsunamis, earthquakes, landslides, bushfires, floods, infectious diseases, and epidemics. Students then proceed to explore the ways in which humans have responded to selected hazards, including through specific measures such as prediction and warning programs and community preparedness.
Unit 2: Tourism
As the travel and tourism industry is directly responsible for one in every twelve jobs globally, the growth of tourism at all scales requires careful management to ensure environmentally sustainable and economically viable tourism. In this unit students investigate the characteristics of tourism, with particular emphasis on tourist destinations, the various types of tourism, how tourism has changed and continues to change over time, and its impacts on people, places and environments. They select two contrasting examples of tourism from within Australia and elsewhere in the world to investigate in detail. Students undertake fieldwork in this unit to evaluate the measures taken to enhance the positive impacts and minimise the negative impacts of tourism at our selected location.
Outcomes are addressed through a foundational study of climate change and a depth study of the Great Barrier Reef, where students learnt about the characteristics of reefs, explored the nature of eco-tourism, and evaluated management strategies used to balance the human and environmental needs of the region. This topic exposed students to the important role geographers play in the environmental management of our natural resources and eco-tourism.
In this unit students will investigate two aspects of geographical change- land cover change and land use change. Students will develop their understanding of how deforestation, desertification and melting glaciers change land cover in different regions of the world. The distribution and causes of these processes are investigated with their impacts and responses considered in relation to specific case study locations. Students will then investigate a local area to describe the processes and impacts of land use change. They will attend fieldwork and use these techniques along with secondary sources to analyse and explain the land use change.
In this unit students will investigate the geography of human populations. They will explore the patterns of population change, movement and distribution, and how governments, organisations and individuals have responded to those changes in different parts of the world. Students will study global population dynamics and an overview of world population growth since the 1700s and projected changes into the 21st century. Population changes by growth, decline in fertility, mortality and migration will also be explored, with specific case studies used. Social, economic, political and environmental factors will be investigated to assist in describing the changes in population with population theories, models and data used to form this understanding.
NOTE: VCE Geography Unit 1 /2 runs in the Wednesday block and VCE Geography 3 /4 runs in the normal blocks.