What is geography?
Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live.
Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment.
Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography.
Geography provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments.
Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or experientially through travel, fieldwork and expeditions – helps us all to be more socially and environmentally sensitive, informed and responsible citizens and employees.
Geography informs us about
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- The places and communities in which we live and work;
- Our natural environments and the pressures they face;
- The interconnectedness of the world and our communities within it;
- How and why the world is changing, globally and locally;
- How our individual and societal
actions contribute to those changes;
- The choices that exist in managing our world for the future; and
- The importance of location in business and decision-making.
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Use these links to download those commonly needed documents:
NCS FET Geography Grades 10-12
Geography Learning Programme Guidelines
Geography Assessment Guidelines
Geography Teacher Training Manual
2008 National Senior Certificate Exam Exemplar
2008 Grade 12 Paper I | Memo
2008 Grade 12 Paper II | Memo
2008 Graad 12 Vraestel I | Memo
2008 Graad 12 Vraestel II | Memo
Learning Channel Materials
Missed some issues of the StudyMate print supplements? Then use these links to access the catalogue. We have filtered the list so that only supplements with Geography content appear:
Study Mate Print Supplements
Issue 11 2008: Grade 12 NSC Exemplar
Issue 03 2007: Grade 10 Examination Paper & Study Skills
Gauteng Department of Education Examination Papers
In the spirit of sharing we have recieved June '08 examination papers from Gauteng. Feel free to look over them and use as revision exercises. How about papers from other provinces? Contact us if you have copies we can distribute.
2008 Grade 12 Paper 1 | Paper 2 | Memo 1 | Memo 2
Featured Web Application
If you or your school has access to a broadband Internet connection you have to have the free Google Earth web application. For us Geography teachers it's a mine of resources! Every inch of the planet is displayed as aerial photographs sewn together into one seamless planet. Truely breathtaking! Visit their site and download the latest version of the application at