Geography is an extremely relevant, wide-ranging and interesting subject to study. It is concerned with many of the hot topics that we hear and read about in the news e.g. earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, sea erosion, flooding, weather, desertification, deforestation, conservation, emigration, racism, urban sprawl, urbanisation, renewable & non-renewable energy, issues like famine and poverty in the developing world and global warming. In a nutshell, Geography is the study of people and their relationships with their environment. It is concerned with helping to develop an understanding of the physical, social and economic processes which shape the environment. 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
- Growing concern over declining environmental quality in many regions
The study of Geography will help students develop a deeper understanding of their physical and human environment. Through their study of this subject, students will develop a range of geographical skills that will help them make informed judgments about issues at local, national and international levels. There are numerous cross-curricular links with other subjects also including CSPE, Science, English, Woodwork, Maths, Art, Business Studies, French and History.
Fieldwork is a key element of Geography allowing students to develop their skills away from the classroom and in a natural geographical setting. It is a holistic and kinaesthetic approach to learning that allows students to link what they have learned in the classroom to the real world. Leaving Cert students go on a Geographical Investigation every year as part of their Leaving Cert course. This is worth 20% of their Leaving Cert Geography result. Junior Cycle students also get the opportunity to do fieldwork in the vicinity of the school and as part of a day trip away to a limestone/karst landscape. Mapwork and aerial photographs are also central to learning in the classroom and for such field trips. Geography is compulsory to Junior Cert level at Moyne College and is optional at Leaving Cert. A high proportion of students who study Geography at junior and senior cycle level take the subject at Honours level and are very successful in their results..