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At St. Joseph’s the study of geography gives students an insight into the world and how it alters. The students look at processes which operate in  the physical and human world and pay particular attention to their own local environment. The students study topics  such as soil erosion, migration, traffic management and the growing problem of urban sprawl.

Geography deals with the patterns and processes in the physical and human environment.  Students cover a number of essential concepts that help them learn about these patterns and processes by using and applying geographical skills.

The Junior and Leaving Certificate syllabi deal with these concepts at a local, national and world wide level. The students acquire geographical skills through a combination of classroom work, geographical research and fieldwork.

The course at Junior and Senior Level has undergone a number of syllabus changes.

In 1992 the revised Junior Certificate was first examined.

Link to new Junior Certificate Syllabus.

In 2006 the revised Leaving Certificate was first examined.

Link to new Leaving Certificate Syllabus.

There is now a more structured, tiered and connected approach to the subject
Geography is a popular subject at senior cycle with the majority of students choosing it as an option. It also qualifies as a second science subject for some courses in Trinity college. The schools location allows for practical coursework to be carried out in both coastal and urban settings.

Geography Department

  • Ms Alexandra Duane
  • Ms Niamh Mc Gee
  • Ms Siobhain O’Driscoll
  • Mr Pat O’Brien
  • Mr Malcolm Lawlor