Year 9 – Geography

Length: Single Semester
Contact: HASS Leader

Course Description

In Year 9 students learn how geographical processes change places. Using a range of sources students examine connections between people, places and environments and how they affect and change us. Students examine strategies to predict outcomes and to help preserve the environment for the future.

Topics include:

Biomes and food security: Investigating the role of the biotic environment and its role in food and fibre production. This unit examines the biomes of the world, their alteration and significance as a source of food and fibre, and the environmental challenges and constraints on expanding food production in the future. These distinctive aspects of biomes, food production and food security are investigated using studies drawn from Australia and across the world.

Geographies of interconnections: Investigating how people, through their choices and actions, are connected to places throughout the world in a wide variety of ways, and how these connections help to make and change places and their environments. This unit examines the interconnections between people and places through the products people buy and the effects of their production on the places that make them.

This unit also examines the ways that transport and information and communication technologies have made it possible for an increasing range of services to be provided internationally, and for people in isolated rural areas to connect to information, services and people in other places.


Year 9 Students are assessed according to the Humanities and Social Sciences Achievement Standards outlined in the Australian Curriculum, with A-E Grades used for reporting.

Assessment types comprise:

  • Biomes & Food Security
    • Australian Biomes Research & AVD
    • Geographical Inquiry (Group Task).
  • Geographies of Interconnections:
    • Tourism Task
    • Trade Issues.

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