“Where we come from, what we do, what we eat, how we move about and how we shape our future are all directly the province of the geographer. More than ever we need the Geographer’s skills and foresight to help us learn about the planet – how we use it and how we abuse it” – Michael Palin
There are few other subjects which can claim to have such direct relevance to what is happening in the world today: helping you understand conflict in Syria, the impact of Brexit and EU migration, the consequences of Hurricane Irma and other natural disasters, Catalan separatism, fracking, city growth, global poverty… the list is endless. There is an excellent blend of the more traditional elements with plenty of depth to really understand the topics, along with some very contemporary units that will help you make sense of the world today.
Changing Spaces-Making Places
Earth’s Life Support Systems
An individual, but supported, investigation based on primary data collection which can relate to any part of the specification. Your starting point will be fieldwork in the L6th with the main focus of your work in the Trinity term and over the summer holiday.
There will be a 4-day residential field trip in the L6th. Based in South Devon, we will study Plymouth, structural change and regeneration, forest ecosystems and carbon calculation, coastal systems and sediment transport in Start Bay, infiltration and the water cycle in the Lemon valley. In the U6th there will be a day trip to London. An optional extra trip occurs during February half-term. Previously we have travelled to Cuba, Iceland and Belfast.
* Please note that there is a charge for field trips, which amounts to 50% of their cost. If the cost of a field trip presents issues, please contact the Bursar in the first instance, as in some cases financial assistance may be available.
There are a number of lectures we attend in Oxford (usually 4-6 a year) presented by the Oxford Geographical Association. There is also a school-based Geography Society and a Sixth Form Reading Group. Students also regularly enter the Young Geographer of the Year competition and most receive the journal ‘Geography Review’.
Power and Borders
|Cresswell, Tim||Place: An Introduction (Second Edition)||Chapters 1-4 most useful|
|Kosser, Khalid||International Migration: A Very Short Introduction|
|University of New Hampshire||An Introduction to the Carbon Cycle|
|Marshall, Tim||Prisoners of Geography||Chapters 5 & 10|
|Dodds, Klaus||Geopolitics: A Very Short Introduction|
|Dodds, Klaus & Woon, Chih Yuan||Global Governance||From An Introduction to Human GeographyFourth Edition (P Daniels et al.)|
|Frances, Peter & Oppenheimer, Clive||Volcanoes|
|Goudie, AS||Human Impact on the Natural Environment:
Past, Present and Future
|Masselink, G & Hughes, MG||Introduction to Coastal Processes and Geomorphology|