“Geography is the subject which holds the key to our future” – Michael Palin
Geography is a link between the social sciences (Business, History, Economics and Psychology) and the hard sciences (Physical Science, Chemistry and Biology). Because of its cross-disciplinary nature, it teaches you a whole range of skills that can be used in your continuing academic learning and future career path. The skills that Geography teaches you include: data collection, manipulation, presentation and analysis; essay/paragraph writing; map reading; annotating and the ability to deliver formal oral presentations.
Two of the most important issues facing the world today are; climate change and globalisation. Both of these issues are Geography related. However, it is not just climate change and globalisation that makes Geography so important. Other issues include population growth, resource management, hazard management, multiculturalism, industrial growth, economic development and much more. If you study Geography you are learning about issues that affect us and the world on a daily basis. To appreciate its relevance, watch the news and you will soon realise that nearly every issue is related to Geography in some way.
Geography as a science has evolved in the last two decades. Geography, generally viewed as a subject with little relevance amongst the older generation has been transformed into a subject of significant relevance. Consider the South African landscape and we see Geography in action. Whether it’s watching the weather, weekly-forecast, liaising with municipalities on property development or urban planning, typing in a location into your GPS system or your smartphone or simply buying energy saving bulbs or recycling, Geography is central to life in the 21st Century.
Geography is a popular choice at NHHS with our numbers of Geography learners increasing rapidly. We have THREE grade 10 classes, the first in the History of Geography at NHHS. The Geography Department produces some of the best results in the National Senior Certificate Matric Exams.
Broad topics of study in Geography include: Climatology, Geomorphology, Development, Economic Geography, Settlement, Population Studies, Map skills and Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Geography related careers include: meteorology, cartography, land surveying, environmental science, International aid, teaching, travel and tourism, various forms of research and journalism, transport and logistics, maritime studies (shipping), geographical information systems (GIS), geology, town and regional planning, volcanology and international studies.