Geography General

What is GENERAL Geography all about?

The study of Geography is no longer limited to the study of maps, the continents and capital cities. Geography as a subject has evolved to introduce students to important concepts such as environmental management and sustainability, allowing them to understand their place in the world and the role that they play within global communities. This course also supports students in further developing their mapping skills and their understanding of the natural and cultural characteristics of places.


Students will also have several opportunities to develop practical fieldwork skills including orienteering and data collection and collation.


Who should select these units in Year 11?

Students who are curious about the world and the ways in which people interact with each other and their environment should select this subject. Through the study of General Geography, students will be encouraged to foster their respect for the natural environment and enhance their existing understanding of the complex ways in which the world works.




Upon successful completion of these units, students would progress to General Geography Unit 3 – Natural and Ecological Hazards and Unit 4 – Global Networks and Interconnections.


Areas of Study


UNIT 1 – Geography of Environments at Risk

    • Concepts of environment, biomes and ecosystems and their functions;
    • Environments at Risk: Coral Reefs and National Parks;
    • Impacts of human land use; and
  • Geographical Skills.
UNIT 2 – Geography of People and Places

  • Natural and cultural characteristics of Regions;
    • Investigation of a Region
    • Interactions between people and places with a region; and
  • Geographical Skills.


To provide for different learning styles a variety of assessment tasks are used. For each course of study tasks are selected from:

  • Geographical Inquiry
  • Fieldwork/Practical Skills
  • Tests – multiple choice/short response/sectionalised extended response