What is Geography

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Geography is the study of how the world affects people and how people affect the world. The discipline is split up into two main areas; Human Geography and Physical Geography. Human Geography is the geography of people; it looks at the world in a social and economic sense. Physical Geography looks mostly at the environment and its physical processes. You can take Geography as one whole subject or choose to specialise in either Human or Physical Geography. It is also possible to do a joint or combined subject degree, thereby studying Geography alongside another subject. Related subjects include : Environmental Science, Development Studies, Anthropology, Geology, Conservation Studies, Ecology, Oceanography, Meteorology, Population Studies etc. Geography is the study of Earth’s landscapes, peoples, places and environments. It is, quite simply, about the world in which we live. Geography is unique in bridging the social sciences (human geography) with the natural sciences (physical geography). Human geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of cultures, societies and economies, and physical geography concerns the understanding of the dynamics of physical landscapes and the environment. Geography puts this understanding of social and physical processes within the context of places and regions - recognising the great differences in cultures, political systems, economies, landscapes and environments across the world, and the links between them. Understanding the causes of differences and inequalities between places and social groups underlie much of the newer developments in human geography. Geography provides an ideal framework for relating other fields of knowledge. It is not surprising that those trained as geographers often contribute substantially to the applied management of resources and environments. Geography is, in the broadest sense, an education for life and for living. Learning through geography – whether gained through formal learning or...
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