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Leaving Certificate Geography course

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Please note the content shown below is 2022 syllabus. This course is also available for 2023 syllabus. Please contact college for details.

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Glaciation

Map Reading


Detailed Content

Physical Geography

  • Plate Tectonics
  • The Structure of the Earth
  • The History and Development of Plate Tectonic Theory
  • Constructive and Destructive Plate Boundaries
  • Folding
  • Faulting
  • Earthquakes
  • Volcanic Activity

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Rocks, Weathering, Soils

  • Igneous Rocks
  • Sedimentary Rocks
  • Metamorphic Rocks
  • Weathering - Mechanical / Physical / Chemical
  • Limestone Landscapes
  • Biological Weathering
  • Soils - Formation
  • Podzols

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Rivers, Coastal Features

  • The Long Profile of a River
  • Drainage Patterns
  • River Erosion
  • River Transportation
  • River Deposition
  • The Economic Benefits of Rivers and River Valleys
  • Rejuvenation
  • River Capture
  • The Coastline
  • Marine Erosion
  • Marine Transportation
  • Marine Deposition
  • Changes in Sea Level

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Glaciation

  • Formation of Glaciers
  • How Glaciers Move
  • Glacial Erosion
  • Features Produced by Glacial Erosion
  • Glacial Transportation
  • Glacial Deposition
  • Features Produced by Glacial Deposition
  • Fluvio - Glacial Deposits
  • The Benefits and Disadvantages of Glacial Features
  • Glaciation in Ireland
  • The Periglacial Environment

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Map Reading

  • Scale
  • Measurement of Distance
  • Measurement of Area
  • Location
  • Direction
  • Relief
  • Gradient
  • Cross-Section
  • Sketch Maps
  • Recognising features in the Physical Landscape
  • Rock Types
  • Processes which shape the Landscape

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Ordnance Survey Maps

  • The Interpretation of the Cultural or Human Landscape on O.S. Maps
  • Settlement - Historic and Present Day
  • Communications
  • Place names
  • Economic Activities
  • Aerial Photographs
  • Land Use
  • Sketch-Map Drawing
  • Settlement
  • Economic Activities
  • Physical Processes which have shaped the Landscape
  • The relative merits of Maps and Photographs

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Population and Urbanisation

  • Population Growth throughout History
  • Factors affecting the Birth Rate
  • The Demographic Transition Model
  • World Population Distribution
  • The Population Structure
  • Migration
  • The Origin and Growth of Towns and Cities
  • Twentieth Century Urbanisation
  • Problems and Solutions

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The Less Developed World

  • Definition of 'Less Developed'
  • Characteristics of Third World Countries
  • Causes of Underdevelopment:
  • Environmental Problems
  • Colonialism
  • Economic Problems
  • Population Pressure
  • Political Instability
  • Low Levels of Education
  • Systems of Land Ownership and Farming Methods
  • Solutions to the Problems of Underdevelopment
  • International Aid
  • The Brandt Report
  • The Green Revolution

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Economic Geography

  • Tourism - Factors responsible for recent growth
  • Advantages of Tourism
  • Disadvantages of Tourism
  • Outside Influences on Tourism
  • Case Study : Spain
  • Case Study : Ireland
  • Forestry - Forest types in Western Europe
  • Case Study : Ireland
  • Case Study : Sweden
  • Fishing-Importance of Fishing on a World Scale
  • Worlds major Fishing Grounds
  • Case Study : Norway
  • Case Study : Ireland
  • Industrial - Industrial Revolution
  • Factors of Industrial Location
  • Industry in Northern Italy

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Regional Geography

  • Western Europe - An overview
  • The European Union; History, Aims, Achievements
  • Definition of 'Region'
  • Different Types of Region : Core, Peripheral
  • Industrially Depressed
  • Over Developed
  • The Common Agricultural Policy of the E.U.

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Exam Preparation for Higher Level students

  • Belgium - a division into regions
  • Randstad Holland
  • The Rhine Waterway System

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