IB Group 3
Individuals and Societies
Geography

Nature of the Study

In contemporary society, issues such as urbanisation, population, development and environmental quality are increasingly important. These, and other themes that express the major concerns of our times, reflect the consequences of decisions about how resources are to be used.

Geography combines elements of the humanities and the sciences to examine how people live, where they live and how they interact with their environment.  Geography has an important role in planning, encouraging international understanding and respect for different cultures.

Higher and Standard Level

Core –  Geographic Perspectives: Global Change 

All students study the core topics, which include:

  • Population distribution – Changing Population 
  • Global climate – vulnerability and resilience
  • Global resource consumption and security 

Options – Geographic Perspectives: Global Interactions 

Higher Level students study three, and Standard Level students study two, from this selection:

  • Freshwater drainage basics 
  • Oceans and their Coastal Margins
  • Extreme Environments
  • Geophysical hazards
  • Leisure, tourism and sport
  • Food and Health
  • Urban Environments

Higher Level Extension

Higher Level students study the following topics:

  • Power, Places and Networks
  • Human Development and Diversity
  • Global Risks and Resilience 

Assessment

Standard Level

External Assessment:

Geographic Themes (2 options)  Paper 1 – 35%

Geographic Perspectives (Core)  Paper 2 – 40%

 

Internal Assessment:

Fieldwork and written report – 25%

 

Higher Level

External Assessment:

Geographic Themes (3 options)  Paper 1 – 35%

Geographic Perspectives (Core)  Paper 2 – 25%

HL Extension Paper 3 – 20%

 

Internal Assessment:

Fieldwork and written report – 20%

 

Group 3 – Geography