Geography

Geography is the study of people and their environment. A study of geography will help students develop an understanding of their physical and human surroundings. It examines the changing interrelationship between the physical and human worlds. Through their study of geography, students will develop geographical skills that will help them make informed judgements about issues at local, national, and international levels.

Junior Cycle

The Junior Certificate geography course offers a great variety of subject matter, with the opportunity to learn a broad range of knowledge and skills. In physical geography, you learn about the earth’s surface and the workings of our life support system, atmosphere and climate. In social geography, you examine issues of population, settlement patterns, and urbanisation. In economic geography, you see how different sectors develop and inequalities emerge. Ordnance Survey map reading and interpretation of aerial photographs is an integral part of the course.

The education of young people today takes place against the background of a world with such characteristics of geographical concern as increasingly multi-cultural societies, sharp social and economic inequalities on a variety of scales, an increasing pace of socio-economic change and the growing concern over declining environmental quality in many regions. The Junior Cycle curriculum incorporates all of these issues as well as many more broader social, economic and environmental issues. During the Junior Cycle course, we aim to bring students out on a field study to a local beach in order to enhance our students learning experience.

Transition Year

  • The aims of the Transition Year Programme in Geography are that the student would have:
  • Acquired a knowledge of town planning and land use in Dalkey.
  • Used fieldwork techniques to gather primary geographical data in the field.
  • Developed the skills necessary to analyse data and draw conclusions about the areas examined.
  • Developed an understanding of culture and identity and the different cultures that exist around the globe.
  • Enhanced oral presentation skills as well as IT skills in Microsoft Powerpoint presentation on specific country / cultural topic.

Transition Year students will complete 1 field study during the Geography module. During this programme they acquire a knowledge of their local area. They also develop an ability to identify these processes through observation in the Dalkey area. The students learn to use fieldwork techniques to gather primary geographical data in the field and to record this data using worksheets, observation, drawing and annotating sketches. During the course of this they also develop the skills necessary to analyse data and draw conclusions about the areas examined and how to present their findings and conclusions in suitable media, and further to explain findings and conclusions to their peers.