Bachelor of Arts (Geography)

Category/ Subject Course Code Title No of AUs
ACADEMIC SUBJECT 
Year 1 AAG10C Techniques in Geography  3
AAG10D Singapore in Asia  3
Year2 AAG23A Introduction to Statistics in Geography 3
AAG23E Climate and Climate Change 3
AAG23K Urban Development and Change 3
AAG23L Space, Place and Culture 3
Year 3 AAG33A Asian Cities 3
AAG33B Catchment Management and Conservation 3
AAG33D Resource and Environmental Management 3
Year 4 AAG40C Academic Exercise: Geography 6
AAG40D Geographical Research and Field Methods 3
CURRICULUM STUDIES  
Year 3 ACG32A Classroom-based Teaching Strategies 3
Year 4 ACG42A Advanced Teaching Strategies in Geography 3

 

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Course Synopses

 

AAG10C Techniques in Geography 

This course introduces the basic techniques in geography for the collection, analysis, interpretation and presentation of geographical information. It covers quantitative, qualitative and cartographic methods of investigation through lectures, tutorials/workshops and fieldwork. Hands-on experience with basic Geographical Information Systems will also be introduced. Student teachers will be expected to participate in fieldwork activities. 

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AAG10D Singapore in Asia 

This course integrates geographical skills and different study strands – human, environmental and technical – in the study of Singapore in the Asian region. The global positioning of Singapore and the contemporary challenges to development that it faces in a highly competitive and fast changing global environment will be the framework for the study of issues and problems that have emerged - SARS, bird flu, haze, terrorism, implications of cross-straits relations between China and Taiwan, economic liberalisation in China and India among others. 

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AAG23A Introduction to Statistics in Geography

This course is an introduction to statistical and quantitative techniques commonly applied in geographical data analysis. Topics will progress from appropriate graphing methods to include basic summary statistics, probability theory, parametric and non-parametric hypothesis testing, correlation and regression. Considerations in developing appropriate surveys and analysing Likert-like data responses also will be discussed. Statistical theory is reinforced through application of commonly used computer software to solve real-world problems. The overarching objective of this course is to provide student teachers with a basic understanding of statistical applications in solving geographical problems.

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AAG23E Climate and Climate Change

This course will examine atmospheric processes that are involved in anomalous and adverse weather conditions, climate zones of the tropics and transboundary atmospheric issues and global climate change. The focus of the course will include discussion on impacts and management responses to climate changes.

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AAG23K Urban Development and Change

This course introduces and defines urban concepts on the basis of three selected elements of contemporary urban geography: spatial, social and economic. These fundamental characters are translated into three respective key areas and explored in greater details: city as environment (physical and land use change, settlement, transport); city as people (urbanisation, suburbanisation, poverty and segregation); and city as economy (industrial, post-industrial, world city developments). Worldwide relevant urban issues including those from Singapore are used as teaching and class reflection materials.

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AAG23L Space, Place and Culture

This course examines the cultural turn in geography that has led to a renewed interest in senses of place, identity and meaning, rather than deterministic views of the world that do not map neatly onto the experience of everyday life. The new cultural geography has been enriched by a variety of approaches and interdisciplinary connections, particularly from debates in feminist, postcolonial and cultural studies. The evolving meanings and significance of gender, ethnicity and race will be discussed in a Southeast Asian context.

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AAG33A Asian Cities

The objective of this course is to introduce student teachers to contemporary theoretical debates and empirical understanding of Asian cities. Through the lens of globalisation and neoliberalisation, this course will look at the recent emergence of Asian cities and the changing morphology. This course aims to adopt a comparative analysis approach of Asian cities through empirical evidences and understanding emerging urban issues of Asia.

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AAG33B Catchment Management and Conservation

This course examines primary concepts of catchment management and conservation. Topics include problems of environmental degradation in the face of increasing urban development, catchment management as an integrated systems approach, concepts relating to conservation and management of natural systems with a distinct emphasis on their application and, environmental Impact Assessment and monitoring.

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AAG33D Resource and Environmental Management

This course introduces current environmental issues and concerns, principles underlying the various major global environmental initiatives starting from the Stockholm Earth Summit, builds on some topics covered in environmentally related courses in earlier years. Topics covered include Agenda 21, sustainable earth, environmental impact assessment and specific resource (such as water) and environmental management from the global to local scale.

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AAG40C Academic Exercise: Geography

This course acts as a capstone to provide experience in doing Geography fieldwork, collecting and analysing data and develop a final research report summarising results. Banking on the theoretical learning on Geographic methods from the AAG 401, emphasis here is on primary data collection that will be done through a required international field experience and preparing a comprehensive research report. At the end of the course, student teachers will have a full understanding of how to undertake and successfully complete a field-based research project.

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AAG40D Geographical Research and Field Methods

This course will provide an opportunity to student teachers for in-depth learning of Geographical methods. This course will give theoretical inputs to conduct field investigations and provide exposure to various techniques and approaches commonly used in geographical research. Emphasis is on making student teachers familiarised with process of research design, methods, field data acquisition, analysis and report writing. The course will prepare student teachers with the required values, skills and knowledge to engage in the field experience culminating in the Final Year Academic Exercise.

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ACG32A Classroom-based Teaching Strategies

The focus of this course is to help student teachers acquire teaching approaches and strategies to teach Geography for understanding. Student teachers will learn how to translate their Geographical understandings into meaningful classroom teaching and learning. Using inquiry approaches as a basis, they will then develop unit learning experiences and lesson plans that support deep learning.

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ACG42A Advanced Teaching Strategies in Geography

This course aims to deepen student teachers’ understanding and mastery of pedagogical content knowledge and skills in the teaching of secondary school geography. It focuses on the application of the key learning from previous geography curriculum studies courses to other topics in the geography curriculum. It also examines strategies to differentiate classroom and field-based teaching to address the needs of different student profiles.

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