Geography

Grade 9

Regarding to holistic approach of Geography, topics and themes such as Natural Systems, Human Systems, Spatial Synthesis of Turkey, Regions and Countries and Society are integrated to courses of grade 9-10-11 and 12.

Objectives related to Natural Systems are weighed and Nature and topics such as Human, Information about Maps, Shape of Globe and its Motions, Elements and Types of Climate are followed. Throughout the year, we aim to develop students’ skills on map reading and usage, observation and questioning, graphics, tables, diagram forming and interpreting, perception of change and sustainability, using proof.

Grade 10

Taking responsibility of the problems and values regarding to their surroundings and the world is one of the basic objective we wish to bring in our students. The topics are analyzed to explain interactions as a whole and on national and global levels. Inner Structure of Earth Surface and its Forming Process, Rocks and its Importance, Water, Earth and Plants, the Growth; Density and Features of Population, Causes and Outcomes of Migration in the World and Turkey, Transportation, Economical Activities are other topics that are introduced. To embrace these topics, effects of global and local problems and their analysis are carried out through discussion activities.

Grade 11

Following topics are analyzed in Geography courses; Ecosystems, ecological circles, intervention of people and its effects, population policies and its socio-cultural effects, growth of cities and its effects, economical activities in Turkey and the world, relationship between natural sources and its economy, history of Turkey’s Economy, comparing Turkey’s economy to other countries on sector level, use of land in Turkey and positive-negative effects, natural disasters, analysis of developed and underdeveloped countries, effective use of environment,

Grade 12

Topics are such as extreme natural phenomenon, future of the world, economical activities of Turkey (tourism and transportation), and development levels of countries in globe, conflict zones, country-natural sourse relationship and change made by human activities. Readings are often had thorugh texts, newspaper, novel, articles. In addition, topic-related videos and films are provided to discuss and make new suggestions on the topics.As the program is spiral, the topics are introduced considering the fact that the students are able to understand what they read, can analyze events happening around the world and in Turkey, and discuss. Discussions are based on natural disasters and environmental problems, applications protection and taking precautions.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Political Geography

From a World’s Political podium, Political Geography analyzes effects and political advantages and disadvantages of a geopolitical country, union and region deriving from its location. One cannot think today’s political and economical effects apart from past. Therefore, we cannot ignore the effects of internal and external problems, natural sources and strategic position coming from past. In this course some topics such as the U.S.A., China and Eurpean Union and affluent countries, conflict zones, petrol zones are introduced.

Basic Achievement Test (BAT) Geography

Elective Geography course is applied two hours a week in grade 12. The aim to give the course is to prepare our students for university entrance test. BAT comprises of grade 9 and 10 geography course topics. The main aim in the course is to revise topics of grade 9 and 10 and practice them through related tests.

International Relations

In this course, students address various perspectives on the functioning of states by examining the features of natural, human and economic developments, how these are linked, and the underlying reasons and outcomes of such developments in a country, region or across the world.  They will analyze the impact of geography on politics, such as the weak state structures in the Polar Regions and equatorial African countries, and the powerful and well-established states in the mid-latitudes.

Students will observe the impact of geographical rules on foreign politics and be able to make connections between environment, culture, economy, modern world technologies, and the past. They will cultivate the skills for interpreting today’s foreign politics and comprehending diplomacy.

Geopolitics

A different version of international relations, this course will help students analyze countries’ advantages and disadvantages based on their location, national and foreign geopolitical situation, and the political, economic and social activities they undertake to achieve a certain political goal.  Students will cultivate skills for understanding the position of big nations, groups, and organizations in the world, and the situation of conflict zones and strategic resources.

Ecology and Environmental Sciences

The world has been increasingly facing global warming and numerous environmental problems in general. The course will be based on topics designed to address the reasons behind environmental problems, their outcomes, and proposed solutions in a comprehensive manner, aiming to equip students with awareness of environmental problems.