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Geography

Geography is the study of the earth, in terms of the earth’s landscapes, people, places and environments. It is a unique subject which bridges the social sciences with the natural sciences. Through Geography, you will gain a more all-rounded view of the world. You will get to understand why places are different and why inequalities exist among places and groups of people. You will also understand social and physical processes within the context of places and regions, as well as man's interactions with the environment.

Geography is offered at H1, H2 and H3 Level at Catholic Junior College. The Geography Department in CJC strongly believes in engaging students through authentic and inquiry-based learning, so as to allow a better understanding of the human and natural environment.  Seminar discussions and annual field trips to Malaysia are conducted. In addition, the department also develops critical thinking and application skills through student-participation in competitions such as the Challenge for the Urban & Built Environment (CUBE) competition organized by the Urban Redevelopment Authority.

Skills

The CJC Geography programme aims to develop: 
  • The ability to identify and classify physical and human features of the environment
  • The ability to collect, observe, record and evaluate geographic information from both primary and secondary sources
  • The ability to extract relevant information from geographical data (numerical, diagrammatic, pictorial and graphical forms)
  • The ability to interpret, recognise and analyse patterns in geographical data and deduce relationships
  • The ability to use and apply geographical concepts, terms, facts and theories learnt to new contexts and issues
  • The ability to synthesise and evaluate geographical data and knowledge
  • The ability to undertake independent learning
  • The ability to organise, present and communicate information in a coherent manner

Curriculum

H1 Geography Topics (8813)


Theme 1 - Climate Change & Flooding
  • This theme explores physical processes in the tropics and analyse the relationship between human activities and the environment with reference to the effects of climate change.

Theme 2 - Urban Change
  • This theme examines the environmental impact of cities and the unevenness of development including the contradictions between achieving inter-generational equity and meeting present needs.

Theme 3 - Geographical Investigation
  • With guidance from the teacher, students will identify a suitable geographical question or hypothesis to carry out an investigation. This could be completed individually or in small groups. Students should devise research questions or hypothesis and follow through the investigation the following areas:
    • Living with Rivers
    • Urban Living Today


H2 Geography Topics (9751)


Theme 1: Tropical Environments
  • This theme explores the physical processes that combine to shape different landscapes in the humid and arid tropics. Current issues in the tropics like deforestation and flooding are also examined.

Theme 2: Development, Economy & the Environment
  • This theme explores the reciprocal relationships between human development and natural resource use. Focus is on analysing the global space-economy and resource management approaches.

Theme 3: Sustainable Development
  • This theme enables students to apply physical and human geography knowledge to analyse how recent climate change and rapid urbanisation implicate our pursuit of sustainable development.

Theme 4: Geographical Investigation
  • With guidance from the teacher, students will identify a suitable geographical question or hypothesis to carry out an investigation. This could be completed individually or in small groups. Students should devise research questions or hypothesis and follow through the investigation the following areas:
    • Living with Rivers
    • People and the Economy
    • Urban Living Today
 

Assessment

H1 Geography (8813)


Paper 1 (100%) - 3 hour paper
  • Section A: Data Response Questions based on stimulus materials (Theme 3)
  • Section B: Data Response Questions (Theme 1 or Theme 2)
  • Section B: 2 Structured Essay Questions (One question each from Theme 1 and Theme 2)

H2 Geography (9751) 


Paper 1: Structured Essay Question - 3 hour paper
  • One question each from Theme 1, Theme 2 and Theme 3

Paper 2: Data Response Questions - 3 hour paper
  • One question each from Theme 1, Theme 2, Theme 3 and Theme 4

H3 Geography

The Higher 3 (H3) Geography syllabus provides students who have exceptional interest and ability in H2 Geography with diverse opportunities for in-depth and extended study in Geography.  

The H3 programmes include:
  • MOE-Cambridge H3 Geography school-based programme: Independent research in area of interest
  • NUS-MOE Humanities and Social Sciences Research (HSSR): Independent research-based programme under the mentorship of a NUS lecturer
  • NUS Geopolitics: War and Peace: Course-based undergraduate module on geopolitics at NUS

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can I read Geography at H2 or H1 level if I have not done Pure or Combined Geography at ‘O’ Levels? 
Yes. There are no pre-requisites to read Geography at 'A' Levels, though students who have taken Geography at 'O' Levels may be more familiar with a few topics. Lessons will start at a foundational level. 

2. How do I qualify for H3 Geography?
Potential candidates for H3 Geography are selected after JC1 based on the level of interest of the student and their academic ability.

3. What career options are available for Geography graduates?
Geography equips students a wide-range of useful skills for the marketplace. Employers value research and analytical skills that Geography students bring to work as employees. 

Some relevant jobs include urban planners, transport planners, tourism planners, cartographers, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists, demographers and in fields such as community development and environmental management.