GEOGRAPHY

(Picture taken from HSD trip to Iceland - 2015)  

Geography Teaching Team 

Ms J Wilson (Subject Co-ordinator)                  
Ms N Fallon
Ms S Gray                                                        
Mr P Irwin                                                            
Ms S Jones
Ms N Lowry                                                        
Mr C Rankin                                                        
Mr R Sullivan                                                       

Subject Overview 

Geography is the study of people and their relationship with their environment.  It is concerned with helping students develop an understanding of the physical, social and economic processes which shape the world around them. 

The Geography syllabus makes an important contribution towards enabling young people to make sense of the changing inter-relationships in the world in which they live and aims to give them a global perspective of how people, places and economies interact.  Through studying Geography students will develop a range of skills, enabling them to make a valuable contribution to society at local, national and international levels. 

“The study of Geography is about more than just memorizing places on a map.  It’s about understanding the complexity of our world…” Barack Obama 2012 

The Geography department aims to provide an interesting, topical and relevant course that develops every student’s ability to think critically, and equips them with a set of transferrable skills that will benefit their future career. 

Key topics studied this year included Migration Patterns and the Refugee Crisis, Managing the Earth’s Natural Resources, Economic Growth and Inequality and Managing Future Urban Growth.  Students have been developing the skills and knowledge required to take on the challenges posed by these topical global issues. 

The Geography Department focuses on helping students develop transferable skills they can use in college and future employment in the following 5 key areas; research skills, presentation and communication skills, investigation skills, social skills and evaluation skills. 

We aim to develop…Research skills

High School Geography students should be able to create a range of presentations, interpreting a range of data. Use of GIS, satellite photos, maps, textual sources, figures, infographics and ICT are key.

We aim to develop…Presentation and communication skills 

High School Geography students should be able to present and communicate information and ideas in a variety of ways (including maps, figures, statistics, written, and oral). 

We aim to develop…Investigative skills 

High School Geography students should be able to select and use a variety of modes of research to carry out a geographical investigation (fieldwork project) using both primary and secondary sources of information. 

We aim to develop…Social skills 

High School Geography students should develop effective transferable social skills (e.g. working effectively alone or in groups, following instructions, teamwork and co-operation, use of verbal communication to find out, debate and pass on information). 

We aim to develop…Evaluation skills 

High School Geography students should be able to synthesise, analyse, interpret and evaluate information (e.g. distinguish fact from opinion, draw conclusions, prove simple hypotheses, make informed judgements, suggest sensible solutions to problems and, where appropriate, suggest realistic plans for action).

Junior Cycle 

1st Year 

Students study Plate Tectonics, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, Fold Mountains, Rocks, Energy and the Environment, Primary Economic Activities, Weathering and Erosion. 

2nd Year 

Students study Population, Migration, Economic Inequality, Rivers, Coasts, Weather and Atmosphere and OS Maps.

CBA 1: Geography in the News

3rd Year

Students study Settlement, Urbanisation, Secondary Economic Activities, Tertiary Economic Activities, Climate Change and Soil.

CBA 2: My Geography

Transition Year 

The High School’s Transition Year Geography course is made up of 5 modules.  Each module is taught in a 6 week block, by a teacher with a specialist interest in the area of study.  The modules cover a wide range of topics with the aim of giving students a full understanding of the economic, physical and human processes that are included in Geography as a discipline of study.  Project work and Geographical Investigations are seen as being essential to skills development in the TY Geography course as they give students the opportunity to advance their knowledge and more importantly to develop many transferable skills.   Whether students chose to study LC Geography or not, this course will be of benefit to them through improving their understanding of topical global and local issues. 

As Geography is the study of people and their relationships with their environment, the five modules taught in Transition Year Geography are as follows: 

Economic Geography 

- Travel and Transport 

Physical Geography 

- Natural Hazards 

- Geoecology 

Human Geography 

- Cultural Studies 

- Environmental Studies

Senior Cycle 

The Leaving Certificate syllabus is presented in five sections: 

Core 

1)      Physical Geography 

2)      Regional Geography 

3)      Geographical investigation and skills 

Elective 

1)     Patterns and processes in the Human environment 

Option 

1)     Geoecology 

The sections of the syllabus concentrated on in 5th year are Physical Geography and Human Geography and in 6th year Geoecology and Regional Geography.  The practical fieldwork involved in Geographical Investigation and Skills will be carried out late 5th year/early 6th year and the written project will be completed after the Mock Examinations in 6th year. 

 Career Opportunities: 

Foreign Diplomacy 

 

 

Community development 

 

 

Local government planning 

 

 

Media – Jouralism/TV/Radio 

 

 

Urban planning 

 

 

International aid / NGO work 

 

 

Management consultancy 

 

 

Weather and climate analyst 

 

 

Environmental management 

 

 

Transport management 

 

 

Geological surveyor 

 

 

Charity sector 

 

 

Land surveyor 

 

 

Teaching  (Primary/Post-primary/TEFL) 

 

 

GIS specialist / Cartographer 

 

 

Law

Energy production 

 

 

Additional Information 

The Geography Department has regular trips for all students to enjoy.  Some of the recent and upcoming trips are listed below: 

Causey Farm 2017-19: Trip for 1st year students to help them understand activities on an Irish farm, a key section of the JC course. 

Chocolate Warehouse Factory Trip 2016: This trip is for 3rd year students to help them understand the processes involved in manufacturing, a key section of the JC course. 

Shankill Beach, Co. Dublin 2015: The 6th years recently spent time at Glendasan River conducting their LC Geographical Investigation. 

Iceland 2015: This LC trip is open to TY, 5th year and 6th year and involves visiting many of the outstanding and unique landscape features Iceland has to offer! 

Butlers Chocolate Factory 2015: This trip is for 3rd year students to help them understand the processes involved in manufacturing, a key section of the JC course.

Glendasan, Co Wicklow 2014: The 6th years recently spent time at Glendasan River conducting their LC Geographical Investigation.

Italy 2014: A regular LC trip for our 5th and 6th year Geography students to visit the Mezzogiorno region in Italy, an important region on the LC course.  Every LC student will have the opportunity to visit Iceland or Italy as part of their LC Geography experience at The High School.

Arigna Coal Mine, Arigna, Co Roscommon 2013: A trip for 5th year Geography students to help them understand human interaction with the rock cycle. 

The Burren, Co Clare: The Burren has always been a popular trip destination for The High School Geography Department.