Study a teaching area in Geography for Secondary Education

Geography teachers in secondary schools teach both physical and human Geography.

Studying a teaching area in Geography within the Bachelor of Education (Secondary) will provide you with an understanding of contemporary challenges. With the world continually changing, we are constantly beset with new social, political, cultural and environmental issues and developments. Your Geography studies will equip you with the skills to help address the impacts of these challenges on the environment.

Your studies will develop your communication skills, research experience and specialist expertise in Geography. You’ll study a variety of courses in environmental ethics, sustainability, global citizenship and demographics, as well as the HSC and junior Geography syllabi. By the end of your teaching area you’ll have learned how to teach the HSC and junior Geography courses in a secondary school.

What jobs can you get with a teaching area in Geography?

Study a Geography teaching area as one of your core teaching areas to learn how to teach the HSC and junior Geography courses. Our Geography teaching graduates may find work in:

  • High school teaching
  • Educational policy development
  • Research and analysis

Aspiring teachers will also gain another teaching area. Geography Teachers with a human Geography background may also be interested in teaching other related subjects such as Society and Culture.

Suitable for education and teaching students with:

  • An interest in learning about the development and growth of cities.
  • Goals to study Geography to apply their knowledge in a secondary school teaching role.
  • A desire to understand the complex relationship between cities, the local environment and broader regions.

What do you learn in a Geography teaching area?

Study a teaching area in teaching Geography to learn how to teach the HSC junior courses in the subject area. We offer courses in:

  • Sustainable Societies: In first year students will study a variety of introductory courses in key geographic concepts, with a focus on sustainability. You’ll learn about the values of environmental philosophy, the politics of achieving a sustainable society, and environmental justice.
  • Cities and Social Development: This coursework component will see students study the relationship between cities, their environment and social development. You will learn about urban growth, management plans, socio-cultural diversity and regional decline. The aim will be to identify patterns of growth and decline in Australian and international case studies.
  • Globalisation: A key concept in both the junior and HSC Geography courses is globalisation. Students will study the networks through which goods, finance, services and ideas flow in the contemporary world. You’ll learn how to analyse the relevant structures and processes which have created and maintain these networks. Your globalisation course will focus on governance, enterprise, markets, technological change and the dichotomy of privilege and disadvantage.

Which degrees include this teaching area?

The Bachelor of Education (Secondary) and any associated degree program allow you to study a teaching area in teaching Geography:

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.