Geography seeks answers to four key questions:
- What and where are the issues or patterns being studied?
- How and why are they there?
- What are their impacts or consequences?
- What is being or could be done?
The Geography course at Dickson College has a strong environmental emphasis. This provides a lens through which students can respond to geography's key questions that focus on the spatial interrelationships that exist between people, places, and environments. Students studying Geography are also challenged to use spatial concepts as tools to investigate, interpret and explain observed patterns. From doing so they are able to assess information, make predications, and develop an awareness of sustainable practices for the future of the planet and its inhabitants.
Geography is divided into units that combine the study of the natural world and its processes, and the human and economic world. The units that can be studied include:
- Water and the World
- World Cities
- Environmental Hazards
- Geography Beyond 2050
Geography is offered as a tertiary and as an accredited option. Generally, students will be assessed via research assignments, essays, oral seminars and project work. The course involves a contemporary and practical approach to learning, involving students in research and creating links with other institutions and experts. Students studying Geography have the opportunity, with students in Global Studies, to attend the annual Global Challenges Conference at the ANU. The conference is organised by the Humanities faculty at the college and gives students the opportunity to hear presentations by, and participate in workshops with, leading academics.
The interdisciplinary knowledge, insight, thinking and practical skills developed through studying Geography equips students with the ability to grapple with the challenging issues that are increasingly facing the world community. Through studying Geography students are well prepared to explore contemporary issues in a changing world and develop a foundation which will enable them to pursue a broad range of careers and educational pathways.