Global Citizenship & Environmental Studies
Geography Assignment Write-up dates:
National 5: week beginning 6th March
Higher: week beginning 20th March.
Mrs Harvey-Jamieson -Teacher
Mr Maclaughland – Teacher
Mr Stewart –Teacher
Which two subjects do we offer? – geography & environmental science
We study Geography because it helps us to become active and informed citizens who are able to critically compare way in which different societies and cultures interact with, manage and, sometimes misuse the environment within which they live. A variety of themes and case studies will be used to illustrate Scottish, European and worldwide environments and the range of human interactions
Environmental Scienceclick here for department page
Our courses aim to develop learners’ interest and enthusiasm for environmental science in a range of contexts, as well as their investigative and experimental skills. Environmental science takes a problem solving approach to attempt to develop solutions that prevent or reverse environmental deterioration and aim for sustainable practices.
Students will have opportunities to investigate local environments such as the Water of Leith and Arthur’s Seat and study topics such as climate change, fracking, the hydrogen economy and the reintroduction of species such as beaver to Scotland.
S1 – An introduction to skills, using maps for an emergency, climate zones, Scotland, Japan
S2 – Water & Wealth, Climate Change, On the Move, Crime
S3 will teach about geography mainly through coverage of level 3 & 4 experiences and outcomes. Knowledge & skills will be developed to prepare for National 4 & 5 work and some aspects of these courses will begin.
- Morocco: a developing nation’s response to climatic change
Causes of major climatic change and evidence of a range of reactions to environmental change.
The consequence for governments and individuals in the decision-making process and the consequence on lifestyle and economy at the micro- and macro-scale.
Evaluation of local regional and global strategies to slow or reverse the impact of environmental change
- Resources and Sustainability – “Water Wars”
An analysis of the differing demands for water and the geopolitical implications for peace and world security. An examination of government policies in balancing the need for resources with international relationships. The economics of resource management under pressure.
Case studies include the Colorado River basin & the Nile. As part of this course students will learn about the processes and features of a river system.
- Urban Geography: Stories of the City
Based on geographic enquiry of our own city, Edinburgh, including local fieldwork, this is an examination of the variety of urban areas in terms of quality of lifestyle and cityscape. An assessment of the impact of human activity on the built environment, using individual profiles to examine assumptions about the quality and nature of Urban Scotland. This unit will include the acquisition of skills in social science research methods using primary and secondary data and GIS techniques.
Political influence on lifestyle and choice will be examined and different levels of empowerment in deciding environmental quality will be evaluated.
Possible Learner Pathways after S3
Learner Journeys from Broad General Education through the Senior Phase.
National 5, 4 or 3 Geography or Environmental Science in S4
Followed by Higher Geography or Higher Environmental Science then Advanced Higher Geography
National 5 Geography
Entry requirements—All S2 pupils are welcome to take this course.
Course Content: Physical – Glacial and coastal landscapes, weather
Human– Urban (Glasgow and Mumbai case studies), Rural, Population.
Global Issues– Natural Hazards (earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes) Diseases.
Assessment: Question paper (60 marks) Assignment (20 marks)
Entry requirements—Geography National 5 Pass, Nat 5 Environmental Science
The Higher course deals with contemporary issues, through which the student will investigate elements of the environment and study how we respond to our surroundings and over time change them.
Physical Environments– Atmosphere, Lithosphere, Hydrosphere, Biosphere
Human Environments– Population, Rural, Urban
Global Issues- Climate change, River Basin Management
There is also a question on the application of geographical skills which involves the use of Ordnance Survey maps.
Assessment: Question paper (60 marks). Assignment assessment (30 marks)
Assignment Students will demonstrate skills, knowledge and understanding within the context of a geographical topic or issue.
Advanced Higher Geography
Entry requirements—Higher Geography, Higher Environmental Science
The Advanced Higher qualification in Geography gives learners an in-depth understanding of complex ideas about how the world works. It also gives them the chance to carry out their own research, with an emphasis on fieldwork.
Geographical Skills— graphical and cartographic techniques, statistical data analysis. Geographical Issues— learners will develop critical thinking and the ability to evaluate sources and viewpoints on current geographical issues.
Learners will also produce a study based on their own research.
Assessment: Question paper (30%), Geographical study (40%), Geographical Issues essay (30%)
Geography Field Trip 2014
The Department is committed to allowing its candidates the opportunity to exercise theoretical concepts through the practical approach of field study. Senior School field study courses have included residential sessions in Spain and Scotland.
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The following courses are offered within Geography:
Broad General Education
In S1 pupils will develop their map and atlas skills before looking in more depth at the geography of Perth.
Pupils in S2 will go on a trip around the world learning about countries in every continent before learning how the continents have been created in 'Earth Forces'.
S3 pupils will continue to develop their knowledge and skills, following the fourth level experiences and outcomes.
National 4 and 5
At National 4 and 5, geographical skills such as map analysis, individual research and report writing will be developed through three units, 'Human', 'Physical' and 'Global Issues'.
At Higher level pupils need to attach real world contexts to theoretical situations through a variety of case studies.
Pupils will study three units, 'Geographical Methods and Techniques', 'Geographical Issues' and complete an individual research project called a 'Geographical Study'.
Environmental Science courses at National 4, National 5 and Higher are offered in the department.
Miss S McKelvie (Faculty Leader of Social Subjects)
Mrs L. Macleod
Mrs A Walker
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