What is Geography?

When we were asked what geography is at the beginning of the lesson, all I could come up with was that it was a study of the map, patterns and human nature. It was all about how things are placed in the continent. But as we discussed with the others throughout the class, I started to get a hand of it and by the end of class, I think I have mostly understood the concept of geography. Geography have covered a lot of different subjects, for example math when calculating the rate of population growth in a certain country, science when investigating why earthquake occurs, history of a continent and cultural etc. The SEEP (social, environmental, economical, political) concept has played a huge role in geography. It helps us to understand the pros and cons of how geography could lead to different areas.  Geography can be divided into two parts, the social sciences (human geography) and the natural sciences (physical geography).  Human geography is the study of how human activity impact or is affected by the earth’s surface. Human geography included the understanding of people, cultures, communities, political, history and economies. Examples would be the distribution of various food and race, how clothing and customs is affected due to climax change, how people govern the world by setting up borders and continents, settlement patterns in a period of time and the GDP of countries. Physical geography covered the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment. Physical geography focus more on “non-living” things like the shells of the earth, rivers, mountains, atmosphere, climate change and their origins in depth.

Geography is important because…

it allows us to understand how and why the world is changing, globally and locally

urges us to face the pressures from our natural environments

inform us the places and communities in which we live and work in and to appreciate life and natural resources

Further Questions

1. Which part of SEEP involves the most in geography?

2. What would happen or what problem would they be facing if children from the next generation don’t study geography?