At St Denis, students learn to question why the world is the way it is, reflect on their relationships with and responsibilities for that world, and propose actions designed to shape a socially just and sustainable future.

Through the concept of environment students learn about the role of the environment in supporting the physical and emotional aspects of human life, the important interrelationships between people and environments, and the range of views about these interrelationships. Through the concept of sustainability students explore how the environmental functions that support their life and wellbeing can be sustained. Geography uses an inquiry approach to assist students to make meaning of their world.


The Australian Curriculum: Geography aims to ensure that students develop:

  • a sense of wonder, curiosity and respect about places, people, cultures and environments throughout the world
  • a deep geographical knowledge of their own locality, Australia, the Asia region and the world
  • the ability to think geographically, using geographical concepts
  • the capacity to be competent, critical and creative users of geographical inquiry methods and skills
  • as informed, responsible and active citizens who can contribute to the development of an environmentally and economically sustainable, and socially just world.


Content Structure

The Australian Curriculum: Geography is organised in two related strands: Geographical Knowledge and Understanding, and Geographical Inquiry and Skills.

Geographical Knowledge and Understanding

Geographical Knowledge refers to the facts, generalisations, principles, theories and models developed in geography.

Geographical Understanding is the ability to see the relationships between aspects of knowledge and construct explanatory frameworks to illustrate these relationships.

Geographical Inquiry and Skills

Geographical Inquiry is a process by which students learn about and deepen their understanding of geography.

Geographical Skills are the techniques that geographers use in their investigations, both in fieldwork and in the classroom.

For further information on the Western Australian Curriculum – Geography, please go to http://www.australiancurriculum.edu.au/humanitiesandsocialsciences/geography/Rationale