Geography is the study of the Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places, and environments. It adheres to the scientific method and pursues scientific principles and logic. The study of geography empowers the person to explore and understand the world around them.
Engagement with the subject promotes a deep understanding of people and place. Students develop the skills to learn and interact with their environment, enabling them to interpret the physical landscape, observe climatic events with an informed eye. Learning in geography supports students in making informed decisions, giving the ability to make valuable contributions to the economic, social, and cultural life of their communities, localities and countries.
Through the study of geography, people are encouraged to appreciate the processes that shape their world and view global issues. Geography provides a platform to analyse world events, natural disasters and much more and it also enhances students’ ability to engage with issues such as sustainable development, economic systems, hazard management and climate change.
The skills developed through the subject are transferrable and will benefit students in study and life. Geography encourages structured inquiry: this critical thinking involves students asking questions, gathering data, evaluating and interpreting, and presenting information. It encourages collaboration and communication with their peers and experts in other fields.