History IB

GEO Study Guide

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Geography Overview

Geography Aims and Objectives IBDP

Group 3 Subject Aims IB DP

History students (and all Group 3 Individuals and Societies students) will:

  • engage in the systematic and critical study of the human experience and human behaviour; physical, economic and social environments; the history and development of social and cultural institutions

  • develop a capacity to identify, analyse critically and evaluate theories, concepts and arguments about the nature and activities of the individual and society

  • enable the student to collect, describe and analyse data used in studies of society, to test hypotheses and interpret complex data and source material

  • appreciate the way in which learning is relevant to various cultures and societies

  • develop an appreciation of diversity

  • recognise that the content and methodologies of subjects are contestable and that study involves an appreciation of uncertainty

 

Geography Subject Aims IB DP

The aims of the geography course at SL and HL are to enable students to:

  1. develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales

  2. develop a critical awareness and consider complexity thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including:

    • acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues, or wicked problems, have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes

    • synthesizing diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved

  3. understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales

 

Geography Assessment Objectives

There are four assessment objectives in the Geo (SL and HL) Diploma Programme

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of specified content

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the core theme global change

    • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of two optional themes at SL and three optional themes at HL

    • At HL only, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the HL extension global interactions

    • In internal assessment, demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a specific geographic research topic

  2. Demonstrate application and analysis of knowledge and understanding

    • Apply and analyse geographic concepts and theories

    • Identify and interpret geographic patterns and processes in unfamiliar information, data and cartographic material

    • Demonstrate the extent to which theories and concepts are recognized and understood in particular contexts

  3. Demonstrate synthesis and evaluation

    • Examine and evaluate geographic concepts, theories and perceptions

    • Use geographic concepts and examples to formulate and present an argument

    • Evaluate materials using methodology appropriate for geographic fieldwork

    • At HL only, demonstrate synthesis and evaluation of the HL extension global interactions

  4. Select, use and apply a variety of appropriate skills and techniques

    • Select, use and apply the prescribed geographic skills in appropriate contexts

    • Produce well-structured written material, using appropriate terminology

    • Select, use and apply techniques and skills appropriate to a geographic research question

 

 

Geography Course Content


Part 1: Core theme
•     Populations in transition
•     Disparities in wealth and development
•     Patterns in environmental quality and sustainability
•     Patterns in resource consumption


Part 2: Optional themes - Three optional themes are required.
•     Freshwater—issues and conflicts
•     Oceans and their coastal margins
•     Extreme environments
•     Hazards and disasters—risk assessment and response
•     Leisure, sport and tourism
•     The geography of food and health
•     Urban environments

Part 3: Global interactions
•     Measuring global interactions
•     Changing space—the shrinking world
•     Economic interactions and flows
•     Environmental change
•     Sociocultural exchanges
•     Political outcomes
•     Global interactions at the local level

Fieldwork
•     Fieldwork, leading to one written report based on a fieldwork question, information collection and analysis with evaluation.

 

Assessment Tasks in Geography
Geo SL Assessment


Paper 1 SL

Multiple short answer and one extended response
Marks: Total 40 marks

Time: 1hr 30min

SL weight 35%
Each option has a structured question and one extended answer question from a choice of two.

Paper 2 SL

Three structured questions based on stimulus material.

Section A - Three structured questions, based on each core unit. 

Section B - Infographic or visual stimulus, with structured questions. 

Section C - One extended answer question from a choice of two.

Marks: 50 marks

Weighting: 40%

Time: 1hr 15min

 

Internal assessment SL - Written report based on fieldwork

Word Count: 2,500 words

Marks 25 marks

Weighting: 25%

 

Geo HL Assessment

 

Paper 1 HL

Multiple short answer and one extended response
Marks: Total 40 marks

Time: 1hr 30min

SL weight 35%
Each option has a structured question and one extended answer question from a choice of two.

Paper 2 HL

Three structured questions based on stimulus material.

Section A - Three structured questions, based on each core unit. 

Section B - Infographic or visual stimulus, with structured questions. 

Section C - One extended answer question from a choice of two.

Marks: 50 marks

Weighting: 40%

Time: 1hr 15min

 

Paper 3 HL

Choice of three extended answer questions, with two parts, based on each HL core unit

Marks: 28 marks (Part A—12 marks and Part B—16 marks)

Weighting: 20%

Time: 1hr 

 

Internal assessment HL - Written report based on fieldwork

Word Count: 2,500 words

Marks 25 marks

Weighting: 20%

 

 

Command Terms - IB Exams

Students need to have a good understanding of the command terms for success in your IB exams. Here is a list of IB Command Terms.

 

Geography Assessment Objective 1 [worth 2 marks]

  • Define - Give the precise meaning of a word, phrase, concept or physical quantity

  • Describe - Give a detailed account.

  • Determine - Obtain the only possible answer.

  • Estimate - Obtain an approximate value.

  • Identify - Provide an answer from a number of possibilities.

  • Outline - Give a brief account or summary.

  • State - Give a specific name, value or other brief answer without explanation or calculation

 

Geography Assessment Objective 2 [worth 2-4 marks]

  • Analyze - Break down in order to bring out the essential elements or structure.

  • Classify - Arrange or order by class or category.

  • Distinguish - Make clear the differences between two or more concepts or items.

  • Explain - Give a detailed account including reasons or causes.

  • Suggest - Propose a solution, hypothesis or other possible answer.

 

Geography Assessment Objective 3 [worth 4-6 marks]

  • Compare - Give an account of the similarities between two (or more) items or situations.

  • Compare and contrast - Give an account of similarities and differences between two (or more) items or situations.

  • Contrast - Give an account of the differences between two (or more) items or situations.

  • Discuss - Offer a considered and balanced review that includes a range of arguments, factors or hypotheses.

  • Opinions or conclusions should be presented clearly and supported by appropriate evidence.

  • Evaluate - Make an appraisal by weighing up the strengths and limitations.

  • Examine - Consider an argument or concept in a way that uncovers the assumptions and interrelationships of the issue.

  • Justify - Give valid reasons or evidence to support an answer or conclusion.

  • To what extent - Consider the merits or otherwise of an argument or concept.

  • Annotate - Add brief notes to a diagram or graph.

  • Construct - Display information in a diagrammatic or logical form.

  • Draw - Represent by means of a labelled, accurate diagram or graph, using a pencil. 

 

Geography Assessment Objective 4 [worth 8 marks]

  • Label - Add labels to a diagram

 

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