INTRODUCTION

Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those, whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder – John F. Kennedy

Geography is a passage of discovery, an investigation into the inter-relationship between nature and humans! True symbiosis exists. In this learning area learners are given the opportunity to discover new and exciting insight in the world they live in. Geography covers a wide spectrum of interests and capabilities, and is seen as an environmental science as a whole that strongly links with the future. This learning area links strongly with current actualities and holds an enriching experience for learners.

Geography encompasses the following study fields: economics, climatology, ecology, geomorphology, demography, ekistics and geographic information systems

In grades 8 and 9 geography is seen as equal partner to history and is presented in the curriculum as Social Sciences, as soon as the learner reaches grade 10 the two learning areas divide into two separate examinable subjects that also grants exemption for university

 

Goals

Learning outcomes for Geography

  • A healthy understanding (judgment) in the development, use and management of natural resources
  • Have an understanding of the inter-relationship between nature and humans
  • Discuss environmental issues
  • Avail oneself of research skills
  • Have a healthy understanding on environmental issues, concepts, principles and collective knowledge
  • Utilize collective knowledge and skills to make healthy decisions
  • Have a good grasp on geographic knowledge

Aspects of geography that is addressed

  • Regional Geography
  • Bio-geography
  • Physical Geography
  • Geomorphology
  • Climatology
  • Oceanography
  • Settlement geography (Ekistics)
  • Economic geography
  • Demography
  • Cartography
  • Geographic Information systems (GIS)

Skills and Values that Geography Develop

  • Cartography (Map work)
  • Geographic understanding
  • The ability to understand factual content and be able to apply.
  • The ability to observe, test, research various hypothesis and reach certain geographic conclusion
  • Fieldwork Skills and Techniques
  • G.I.S.
  • Environmental awareness and –sensitive communities

What’s the value of Geography after school?

Geography is an excellent molding/foundation subject, seeing that the content and skills able learners to understand diverse geographic challenges/topics. Evidence of this subjects true bringing-value is that it is presented at university level as a main subject in the Human-, Natural-, Social Sciences and Law Faculty.

Career Opportunities:

  • Environmental Management
  • Town- and City Planning
  • Education
  • GIS careers
  • Computerized Cartography
  • Graphic Information Specialists
  • Meteorology
  • Geology
  • Archeology
  • Landscape Architects
  • Tourism
  • Demographic Dynamics
  • Health, Safety, Environmental Development
  • Recreation Management
  • Sustainable Rural Developments
  • Water catchment and Management
  • Anti-erosion management
  • Bio-geography
  • Fluvial Geomorphology and Landscape-studies
  • Astronomy
  • Aviation- and Aeronautic management