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B.ED. Geography Education

Programme Overview

Geography and Social Studies are two options in the Education-based programme which provide professional training for teachers. Through a range of courses, students/teachers obtain the necessary knowledge and skills in teaching both Social Studies and Geography at the secondary level. Geography is an old established discipline while Social Studies is relatively new with its development as an academic discipline going back to the nineteen fifties (1950's) in the Commonwealth Caribbean.

Geography is concerned with people and place. It enables students to see how people adapt to their environment and how human activities are modified by the environment; it fosters abstract thinking as students master geographical concepts; it also provides the opportunity for students to critically think about, and examine, issues and social problems affecting their community/society. Through geographical enquiry students learn to observe record, make inferences and draw conclusions.

Social Studies, on the other hand, is an interdisciplinary subject consisting of subjects such as History, Social Anthropology, Economics and Geography to name a few. The teaching of Social Studies enables students to acquire skills, knowledge, attitudes and values necessary for good citizenship. The increasing volume of knowledge in the world today means that it is of great importance that students acquire and develop the necessary skills to enable them to succeed, compete and live in a rapidly changing local as well as global society.

Objectives

Students are exposed to a variety of enquiry, critical thinking and decision-making skills. Through the various courses students are introduced to a range of enquiry learning strategies, students are also immersed in unit planning and lesson planning utilising both Geography and Social Studies content. Geographical skills necessary for teachers of both Geography and Social Studies form an important aspect of the course. Research, a vital component of the course, enables students to acquire content and skills in both Geography and Social Studies. Seminars, field trips, mini-investigations and community surveys are important aspects of this option.

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PROGRAMME CONTENT

NUMBER OF CREDITS

COMPULSORY COURSES

YEAR

SEMESTER 1

SEMESTER 2

University Foundation Courses

 

 

6

 

FOUN1016 must be done in Semester 1

 

1

FOUN1016- Critical Reading and Writing in Humanities and Education

Choose a University Foundation Course (FOUN1101, FOUN1301 or FOUN1201

 

2

 

 

Foundations of 

Education and 

Educational Theory

(Core Education Courses)

6

 

 

 

1

Choose any Core Education Course

Choose any Core Education Course

 

2

 

 

 

Professional

Specialization

(Methodology)

15

 

 

1

EDSS2903- Enquiry Methods in Teaching Social Studies/ Geography

EDHE2908– Local and 

Community History ( Local Community Studies: 

Integrating History, Social 

Studies and Geography)

EDSS2906: Basic Geography Skills for the Social Studies

 

 

2

EDSS3911- Teaching Geography in the Caribbean Classrooms

EDSS2906: Basic Geography Skills for the Social Studies

EDGE3902 – Teaching Geography at Grade 10-13

Professional

Specialization

(Practicum)

9

EDTL3020, EDTL3021 and EDRS3019

 

1

 

 

 

 

 

2

EDTL3020-Pre-Practicum, EDTL3021- Field Study

EDRS3019- The Report

 

Out of School Courses

 

30

 

 

Please note that students can do any other Level 2 or Level 3 out of school courses related to their Option that are not from the Department of Geology and Geography.

 

1

GEOG1131- Human

Geography 1: Migration and Settlement

GEOG1231- Earth

Environment 1: Geo-Morphology

GEOG1132- Human

Geography 2: World

Economy, Agriculture And Food

GEO1232: Earth Environments 2: Climate and the Biosphere

 

2

GEOG2131: Urban Geographies

SOCI2004- Introduction to Population

SOCI3018- Demography 1

GEO2232- Environmental Change

SOCI3030- Globalization and Development

SOCI3022- Population, Environment and Development

or

SOCI3021: Demography 2

Total Credits

66

 

 

 

 

 

Undergraduate Unit Contact Information

The School of Education
Faculty of Humanities and Education
UWI, Mona, Kingston 7
Telephone: (876) -935-8506-9 | Ext. 2506-9

 

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