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Moving through land and time

Geography is the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Geographers explore both the physical properties of Earth’s surface and the human societies spread across it. Geography seeks to understand where things are found, why they are there, and how they develop and change over time.

In Leaving Certificate Geography, some of the topics will be familiar and will be covered in much greater detail. New topics will also be introduced such as regions of the world. There is also a geographical investigation, involving field-work,which is a compulsory part of the examination 

By studying Leaving Certificate Geography students develop a knowledge and understanding of contrasting physical and human environments.

  • Promote conservation and sustainable management of the earth’s resources.
  • Recognise and develop a sensitivity to peoples of other cultures
  • Promote active citizenship
  • Develop a range of geographical skills e.g. spacial awareness, investigative and evaluation skills, presentation and communication skills.

At all levels, Field Work is included in order for the student to move outside the confines of the classroom and to learn to observe, first hand, some aspects of the local area. In this way, Geography is made more relevant for the student whose basic research skills of observing, collecting and recording should be enhanced.