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Welcome to DP Geography at Nanjing International School!

From the IB DP Geography Course Guide Guide_Geography_en

“The aims of the geography course at SL and HL are to enable students to:

  1. develop an understanding of the dynamic interrelationships between people, places, spaces and the environment at different scales
  2. develop a critical awareness and consider complexity thinking in the context of the nexus of geographic issues, including:
    1. acquiring an in-depth understanding of how geographic issues, or wicked problems, have been shaped by powerful human and physical processes
    2. synthesizing diverse geographic knowledge in order to form viewpoints about how these issues could be resolved
  3. understand and evaluate the need for planning and sustainable development through the management of resources at varying scales. “

The geography course at NIS embodies global and international awareness in several distinct ways. It examines key global issues, such as poverty, sustainability and climate change. It considers examples and detailed case studies at a variety of scales, from local to regional, national and international. Inherent in the syllabus is a consideration of different perspectives, economic circumstances and social and cultural diversity.

Geography seeks to develop international understanding and foster a concern for global issues as well as to raise students’ awareness of their own responsibility at a local level. Geography also aims to develop values and attitudes that will help students reach a degree of personal commitment in trying to resolve these issues, appreciating our shared responsibility as citizens of an increasingly interconnected world.


Semester 1 (Grade 11)

Unit 1 – Geographic Perspectives: Population Distribution – Changing Population

Unit 2 – Geographic Perspectives: Global Climate – Vulnerability and Resilience

Unit 3 – Geographic Perspectives: Global Resource Consumption and Security


Semester 2 (Grade 11)

Geographic Themes: Option G: Urban Environments

Internal Assessment Introduced



Semester 1 (Grade 12)

Internal Assessment Submitted

Geographic Themes: Option E – Leisure, tourism and sport

Geographic Themes: Option F – Food and Health


Semester 2 (Grade 12)

Unit 4 – Geographic Perspectives – Global Interactions: Power, Places and Networks

Unit 5 – Geographic Perspectives – Global Interactions: Human Development and Diversity

Unit 6 – Geographic Perspectives – Global Interactions: Global Risks and Resilience



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