What is Geography?
Geography is the study of human and physical environments. it is a subject that combines topics related to physical and human processes over space and time. With the use of Geography, we can better understand our complex world. There are many branches of study in Geography. For example, in Physical Geography, we examine natural processes and features, including the atmosphere, land forms and ecosystems. in human Geography, we investigate the activities and impact of people on Earth. The concept that unifies Geography is space. All geographical phenomena have a spatial dimension and operate in a continuously changing environment
Geography’s four Big ideas
Any topic in Geography can be explored by applying a conceptual framework that embraces Geography’s four Big ideas, namely:
• Spatial processes
• Spatial distribution patterns
• human and environment interaction
These Big ideas’ are organising concepts that are central to geographical knowledge. Some topics in the curriculum focus on one of the Big ideas. Other topics require more than one – or even all – of the Big ideas to be part of the enquiry. including one or more of the Big ideas in every enquiry ensures that the focus is essentially geographical.
The Geography curriculum aims to develop the following subject-specific skills:
• using verbal, quantitative and symbolic data forms such as text, pictures, graphs tables, diagrams and maps;
• practicing field observation and mapping, interviewing people, interpreting sources and working with statistics;
• applying communication, thinking, practical and social skills;
• practicing the following specific skills:
– identifying questions and issues;
– collecting and structuring information;
– processing, interpreting and evaluating data;
– making decisions and judgements;
– deciding on a point of view;
– suggesting solutions to problems; and
– working cooperatively and independently.
Geographical education also contributes to the development of personal and social competence.
- Geographical skills and techniques: topographic maps, GiS, synoptic weather maps
Climate and weather: cyclones, local climate
Geo-morphology: drainage systems and fluvial processes
Rural and urban settlement
Economic geography of South Africa:
- Lectures 34
- Quizzes 2
- Duration 50 hours
- Skill level All levels
- Language English
- Students 17
- Assessments Yes