Geography IB at Impington Village College
In contemporary society issues such as urbanisation, population, development and environmental quality are increasingly important. These and other related themes that express the major concerns of our times reflect the consequences of spatial decisions. Conducting its analyses at the local, regional, national and international scales, geography examines the spatial processes and the perceptions of humans, as well as their inter-relations between the human and natural environments. The questions where and why are central to geography. The former introduces the issues of location and of spatial choice; and the latter signifies that modern geography is not content merely to describe but that it also seeks to explain.
Geography is at the interface of the humanities and the sciences; it is a social science that examines the manner in which people live, are distributed, and interact with their environment. It also has an applied dimension through the critical evaluation of spatial processes. It helps decision-makers in planning and development at a variety of geographical scales. It also plays a crucial role in fostering international understanding and a respect for different cultures.
You will be expected to use a range of learning techniques throughout the course. At times you will be expected to present papers to others in the group or defend a viewpoint in a debate. You will work in a group to make decisions over a range of planning issues, collect data both in the field and from secondary sources and write essays and reports. The most important thing is that you take part in all activities. However, it is also vitally important that you use the wealth of resources held in the library to supplement classwork. Your teacher will provide reading lists but you should also endeavour to follow up other leads.
1. Population in transition
2. Disparities in wealth
3. Patterns of environmental quality and sustainability
4. Patterns of resource consumption.
1. Freshwater - issues and conflicts.
2. Oceans and their coastal margins.
3. Hazards and disasters- risk assessment and response
The HIGHER LEVEL EXTENSION
1. Global interactions
2. A shrinking world
3. Economic interactions
4. Environmental change
5. Sociological exchange
6. Political outcomes
7. Global interactions at the local level.
The geography course requires no specific prior learning. No particular background in terms of specific subjects studied for national or international qualifications is expected or required. The skills needed for the geography course are developed within the context of the course itself.
For the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB), a student should be a general all-round student, with at least 7 6-grades or higher at GCSE or level 2 equivalent and have a 6 grade or more in the subject s/he wishes to take at IB diploma higher level or as IB single-subject certificate.
Paper 1 - HL -25%/ SL 40% (core themes ALL levels)
Paper 2 - 35% (HL three optional themes / SL two optional themes)
Paper 3 - 20% (Higher only)
Internal Assessment - HL -20% / SL 25%
Geography is distinctive in that it occupies the middle ground between social sciences and natural sciences. The Diploma Programme geography course integrates both physical and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both scientific and socio - economic methodologies. Geography takes advantage of its position between both these groups of subjects to examine relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of disciplines. This helps students develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.
How to apply
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