Geography (H): Emphasised environmental issues

Reaction to Leaving Certificate 2019 Geography (Higher Level) by Michael Doran, Geography teacher at The Institute of Education.

An excellent paper! Many of the favourite topics were asked, with a few nice twists on old questions. From Physical Geography, to the Electives, there was an emphasis on environmental issues. This paper shows once again that students shouldn’t confine themselves to the textbooks when studying geography for the Leaving Cert. It’s great to see the subject is emphasising environmental challenges and issues.

SHORT QUESTIONS
A very good mix of short questions.
Question 4 on Isostatic Processes might have challenged some students, but overall the questions in this section were very fair.

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
A good mix of topics, and an excellent choice of questions here. Plate Tectonics appeared in two essay questions.
Environmental issues appeared in 2C, with a nice question on how human activity impacts on surface processes.

REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
Regional Geography is a very broad section and a lot of students can feel overwhelmed by the sheer volume of topics to be covered. However, there was a superb selection of fair questions here.

Question 4C, on how boarders affect different cultural groups, and Question 5C on population distribution across the European region, were interesting and contemporary themes to explore.

ELECTIVES:

Economic Elective
In the Economic Elective, students will have been delighted with 7C, which was a lovely question on EU policy in Ireland.
Environmental issues featured again, in Question 8C, with a nice question on renewable energy.

For the first time in years, a question on MNC’s (Multi-National Corporations) did not appear in the Economic Elective. A nice question on the global economy did appear however, which would have tested students to use this information in a different way.

Human Elective
There was excellent choice in the Human Elective, with some questions on changing land use in cites, migration and over population.

Question 10B on migration and its impact on rural Ireland was more confined than in other years, but students with a good general knowledge should have been able for this question.

OPTION UNIT
Most students would have opted for Genecology and any well-prepared student would have been very happy with the fairness of the questions here.