Erupting Volcano Geography Elective

For the Whole of Their Life.

Year 10 Geography Elective

Course Title

Volcanoes, Dinosaurs and the End of the World — A Short History of the Earth

Topics Covered

  • The formation and functioning of planet earth
  • Continental drift and the changing earth
  • The truth and challenge of climate change
  • Technology and fieldwork in Geography


Throughout Semester One, students will journey through the geological history of the planet earth. From the processes that led to the formation of the biophysical environment, then on to the geography of the earth when dinosaurs ruled. Students will then investigate the processes that led to the landscapes that over 7 billion people call home. This will include the role of plate tectonics, earthquakes, volcanoes and more. Students will also dispel some common myths from popular disaster movies.

During Semester Two students will delve into the complexity that is climate change and sustainability. We will explore a range of worldviews that impact our perceptions on this and investigate the impact of climate change, and relevant management, on a range of stakeholders. Students will then spend several weeks engaged in a predominantly practical unit of work focused on using fieldwork techniques and technology such as drones and GIS to investigate local issues.

Why Would I Pick This Subject?

This subject is designed for students who are interested in Geography and want to learn more about both physical and human geography. In Elective Geography, we will have the opportunity to look at the global and local environment, including advanced fieldwork skills.

What Stage 6 Courses Is This Subject Helpful For?

This subject will help to further develop knowledge and skills for students interested in studying Geography at a Stage 6 level. Elements of the course will also assist students interested in studying Earth and Environmental Science.