You will study the importance of world population change and the demands this places on global resources.
An understanding of sustainable management will be linked to the uneven development which has caused such differences between richer and poorer countries in the global economy. You will analyse the causes of global development and the study of migration and multiculturalism.
River basins are studied with an understanding of flood management. The global hazards of volcanoes and earthquakes are studied along with plate tectonics. You will consider the human impacts of such events.
Major characteristics of large settlements will be studied along with the impact of transport in and around such thriving centres
You will need to complete a fieldwork report which will enable you to choose a topic of interest to you and develop a greater personal understanding of this topic.
Three questions, based on the core theme. Students are required to answer two questions.
The maximum mark for each question is 25.
Paper 2 2½ hours 50%
Eleven questions on the optional themes. Students are required to answer four questions. The maximum mark for each question is 20. Two questions must be answered from section A and one from section B, with the
fourth question answered from either section A, section B or section C.
Internal Assessment 25%
Fieldwork, leading to one written report (2,500 words), is to be internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated by the IBO.
Three questions, based on the core theme. Students are required to answer two questions. The maximum mark for each question is 25.
Paper 2 1½ hours 40%
Eleven questions on the optional themes. Students are required to answer two questions.
The maximum mark for each question is 20.
Internal Assessment 20%
One piece of coursework (approximately 1,500 words) is to be internally assessed
and externally moderated by the IBO.
Optional themes Core Theme Globalization Settlements ? Lithospheric processes and hazards Lithospheric processes Drainage basins and their management 2 4 Population, resources and development Population, resources and development Standard Higher
The first part, geographical skills, provides the skills that enable students to apply the techniques of geography and use appropriate terminology. It is essential that the skills are covered throughout the whole syllabus (at both HL and SL), are delivered through the content of the core and optional themes as appropriate, and are fully integrated into teaching rather than being treated in isolation.
Use of Case Studies and Examples
Case studies and examples are to be used where appropriate to illustrate content.