Humanities – Stage 2 Geography

Staff Contact

Nathan Wohling


Required Background

1 Semester of Stage 1 Geography recommended


Course Outline

Stage 2 Geography is a 20 Credit subject which is organised into three content themes, a core topic and two option topics. Students study a range of geographical issues and apply knowledge to a variety of assessment types. Population resources and management is covered as the core topic, where students analyse population growth and movement locally, nationally and internationally. Through studying lifestyle, student apply this knowledge to resource management worldwide with a focus on equitable distribution of food, energy and water. Students develop skills in mapping, data analysis and presentation in order to complete assessments. The external component for geography is an end of year examination.


Course Content

Population resources and development





Assessment in Stage 2 Geography is 70% school based and 30% externally assessed. Students undertake tasks within the following:

Fieldwork 25%

Inquiry 20%

Folio 25%

Examination 30%


Students undertake one report on their individual fieldwork relating to biodiversity. Each student is responsible for independently planning, organising, and carrying out fieldwork and completing a report. Students obtain, analyse, and evaluate primary data as the basis of their report, which may be supported by information from secondary sources. The main emphasis is on the quality of fieldwork and the effective integration of field data.


Students initiate and carry out one inquiry into a particular issue addressed in the Globalisation topic.  The inquiry involves the study of an issue that has local, national, and global relevance. It demonstrates an understanding, and knowledge, of the concepts and key ideas raised in the Globalisation. There is emphasis on the student’s development of this understanding and knowledge through the inquiry approach.


Students undertake a planned program of four group and individual assessments for the folio. Assessments are based on practical work such as map interpretation, the construction of population pyramids, teacher-directed fieldwork, group fieldwork, tests, media analyses, debates, role plays, seminars, oral presentations, multimedia presentations, the production of web pages, interviews, essays, and other suitable forms.


Students undertake one 2-hour written examination on the core topic. Skills assessed are those associated with the use and interpretation of geographical data and information, including maps, as described in the ‘Content’ section. The examination consists of short-answer and extended-answer questions on knowledge, skills, and analysis of data.