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Course description …
The aim of the course is to give you a broad understanding of the world in which you live.
To discuss the major changes of global population change and economic development and how these issues are impacting on the world around you.
To develop your research and analytical skills through fieldwork and problem solving exercises!
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.
There will be internal exams set at the end of yr 12
In yr 13 mock exams will be set before the external exams – same length and quality as external exams.
Fieldwork reports will be monitored throughout yr 13
External Assessment 75%
Written papers 4 hours
Paper 1 1½ hours 25%
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.
External Assessment 80%
Written papers 3 hours
Paper 1 1½ hours 40%
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
Students are required to develop a number of geographical skills that must be introduced and developed throughout the syllabus as appropriate to the themes.
1.1 Locate and differentiate elements of the Earth’s surface
1.2 Read, interpret, analyse and produce maps
1.3 Interpret topographic maps where appropriate to the optional themes
1.4 Read, interpret, analyse and construct graphs
1.5 Undertake statistical calculations to show patterns and changes
1.6 Manipulate and interpret data using quantitative techniques
1.7 Undertake geographical investigation
1.8 Produce written material
Aims of the diploma programme…
enable students to:
1. develop a global perspective and a sense of world interdependence
2. develop an understanding of the interrelationship between people, place and the environment
3. develop a concern for the quality of the environment, and an understanding of the need to plan
and manage for present and future generations
4. appreciate the relevance of geography in analysing contemporary world issues, and develop and
modify values and attitudes in relation to geographical problems and issues
5. recognize the need for social justice, equality and respect for others; appreciate diversity; and
combat bias, prejudice and stereotyping
6. develop an appreciation of the range of geographical methodologies and apply appropriate techniques of inquiry.
At both higher level (HL) and standard level (SL), the Diploma Programme geography syllabus
consists of three compulsory parts:
• part 1: geographical skills
• part 2: core theme
• part 3: optional themes.
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.
You will need to be issued with the following books: