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Overview of Issues and Key Questions in Upper Secondary Geography Syllabuses 

Theme 1: Our Dynamic Planet (Physical Geography)

Topic 1: Coasts – Should coastal environments matter? 

KQ1

How and why are coastal environments different and dynamic?

KQ2

Why are coastal areas valuable?

KQ3

How can we manage coastal areas in a sustainable manner?

Topic 2: Living with Tectonic Hazards – Risk or opportunity?

KQ1

Why are some areas more prone to tectonic hazards?

KQ2

What landforms and associated tectonic phenomena are found at plate boundaries?

KQ3

How do people prepare for and respond to earthquakes?

Topic 3: Variable Weather and Changing Climate – A continuing challenge?

KQ1

Why do different places experience different weather and climate?

KQ2

What is happening to the Earth’s climate?

KQ3

Is the weather becoming more extreme? (*Focus is on tropical cyclones)

 

Theme 2: Our Changing World (Human Geography)

Topic 4: Global Tourism – Is tourism the way to go?

KQ1

How does the nature of tourism vary from place to place?

KQ2

Why has tourism become a global phenomenon?

KQ3

Developing tourism at what cost?

Topic 5: Food Resources – Is technology a panacea for food shortage?

KQ1

How and why has food consumption patterns changed since 1960s?

KQ2

What are the trends and challenges in production of food crops?

KQ3

How can the problem of food shortage be addressed?

Topic 6: Health and Diseases – Are we more vulnerable than before?

KQ1

What are the global patterns of health and diseases?

KQ2

What influences the spread and impact of infectious diseases? (*Focus is on Malaria and HIV/AIDS)

KQ3

How can we manage the current and future spread of infectious diseases?

 

Theme 3: Geographical Skills and Investigations

Topic 7: Topographical Map Reading Skills

Topic 8: Geographical Data and Techniques

Topic 9: Geographical Investigations


Topic 1, Topic 3 and Topic 5 KQ3 as well as Topic 6 for Pure Geography 2236 only

Topic 2 KQ3 for O level Geography and Geography Elective only




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