Geography (H) 2017: An interesting and topical paper

 

Reaction to Leaving Cert 2017 Geography (Higher Level) by Michael Doran, Geography teacher at The Institute of Education.

Overall, an interesting paper with a good choice of questions. This paper fairly tested the skills and base knowledge of students. There were some nice topical questions on migration and the European Union. The paper proves that geography is an everyday subject that is living all around us.The lesson to students is that they must not limit themselves to the textbooks when they are studying this subject.

Physical Geography:
Students will have been very relieved to see popular topics such as landform developments and human interaction with surface processes appear in this section.
River rejuvenation appeared once again, as a picture question. This topic has appeared many times in the last number of years, so students can’t afford to ignore it.

Regional Geography:
Many students are often bewildered by the wide range of topics in Regional Geography. Well prepared students however will have been well able to cope with the questions that were asked.
One question on the social and economic challenges facing the European Union was nice and topical. A lot of the challenges have changed very recently.

Electives:
Both the Economic and Human electives had a good choice of questions.
A very interesting question on the religious and ethnic issues arising from migration came up in the Human Elective. This was a great question, which proves that geography is an everyday subject that is living all around us. The lesson to students is that they must not limit themselves to the textbooks when they are studying this subject. Taking an interest in current affairs and the world around them will put them at an advantage in this exam.

Options section:
Students will have been extremely relieved to see the Biome question appear in the popular Geoecology section.