Geography is a relevant, reactive and constantly evolving subject at IST that helps us to make sense of the complex web of interactions that connect us as global citizens to our living planet. The department uses the most up to date case study material to allow our students access to study some of the most fascinating and challenging topics including globalization, climatic hazards, energy, resources and geopolitics.
We place an important emphasis on sense of place as well as local and personal geographies. An appreciation of our local area, as well as wider French Geography is essential to allow understanding of the interrelationships between France, the EU and the rest of the world. This is particularly important given our changing political climate and we see the values of open mindedness and acceptance as essential attributes of our geographers. We encourage our students to be independent and inquiring by using their extensive ICT skills and the range of digital resources available to us to in the department.
Extra-curricular Geography trips include an annual three-day residential visit for our G8 students to Dordogne in France; a four-day Geography trip to the Costa Dorada for our G9 and G11 students as well as day trips to places of local significance such as Carcassonne. We work in close collaboration with other departments in school to complete project based learning and to promote the use and acquisition of French within the Geography classroom.