If you follow the news, you soon discover that we are the inhabitants of a restless and lively planet! Typhoons and have been moving over the land and ocean, reaping destruction, in addition to torrential rains and earthquakes. These disasters have a frightening impact on the lives of innocent people.
As Geography students, we need to ask certain questions pertaining to these disturbances: Why did they occur? When did they occur? Where are they located? How do they affect us?
Only once the questions have been asked, can we fully understand the behaviour of these disturbances and that they are predictable and only affect certain regions of the earth. It is only through an understanding of the dynamic relationships that exist between elements of the atmosphere and within the earth’s crust that we can fully appreciate and understand why typhoons and earthquakes occur.
The Geography syllabus consists of two sections: Theory (comprising both the human and physical elements and Mapwork (comprising atlas work, reading, analysing and interpreting maps and aerial photographs, map projections and GIS).
Students are encouraged to engage in investigative research and are exposed to the world of GIS. This important IT tool allows them to understand processes, question why certain patterns occur and solve spatial problems.
Head of Department: Mr Gerald Delport