Individuals and societies

Geography (SL/HL)

Course Description

Geography is a dynamic subject that is firmly grounded in the real world and focuses on the interactions between individuals, societies and the physical environment in both time and space. It seeks to identify trends and patterns in these interactions and examines the processes behind them. It also investigates the way that people adapt and respond to change and evaluates management strategies associated with such change. Geography describes and helps to explain the similarities and differences between spaces and places. These may be defined on a variety of scales and from a range of perspectives.

Within group 3 subjects, Geography is distinctive in that it occupies the middle ground between social sciences and natural sciences. The Diploma Programme Geography course integrates both physical and human geography, and ensures that students acquire elements of both scientific and socio-economic methodologies.
Geography takes advantage of its position between both these groups of subjects to examine relevant concepts and ideas from a wide variety of disciplines. This helps students develop an appreciation of, and a respect for, alternative approaches, viewpoints and ideas.


ASSESSMENT
Standard Level

Internal ……...…………........... 25%
Fieldwork
 

 

 
External ……...…………........... 75%
Written Examination    
Paper 1: Questions based on the Core Theme (1.5 hours) ……...…………........... 40%
Paper 2: Questions based on two Optional Themes (1.33 hours) ……...…………........... 35%

ASSESSMENT
Higher Level

Internal ……...…………........... 20%
Fieldwork
 
   
External ……...…………........... 80%
Written Examination    
Paper 1: Questions based on the Core Theme (1.5 hours) ……...…………........... 25%
Paper 2: Questions based on three Higher Optional Themes (2.0 hours) ……...…………........... 35%
Paper 3: Questions based on the Higher Level Extension (1.0 hour) ……...…………........... 20%