A Level subject called Geography:World Development?

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Saw that there is an A Level called Geography:World development and wondered if anybody studies it?
A very good grammar school in my area teaches it as well as standard geography, so im guessing it must have some academic value?
Its supposed to fuse geography,economcis, socialogy etc, which makes me think it would be very interesting but seen as a bit of a doss?
Any opinions valued, just something which im interested to know a bit about
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Sounds like a subject I'd actually have involved rather than vanilla geography A level which was .. pure hell.
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I did Geography at A-level and loved it, I also now do it at degree level
i have talen a few development modules....not in the geography school but in another school.....and it was very boring...not at all what i thought it would be. you would need to look at the specifics of the course.
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(Original post by NesQuiK.)
Saw that there is an A Level called Geography:World development and wondered if anybody studies it?
A very good grammar school in my area teaches it as well as standard geography, so im guessing it must have some academic value?
Its supposed to fuse geography,economcis, socialogy etc, which makes me think it would be very interesting but seen as a bit of a doss?
Any opinions valued, just something which im interested to know a bit about
Its actually an A Level Called World Development - Its offered by WJEC the Welsh Examining board and has 4 Units. At AS it has one written test 100 Marks and 2 Hours and a Coursework same goes for A2. It actually a really interesting course. Unfortunatly my school doesn't teach it but I was going to sit it as a private candidate but am not now as no centres will accept me! :mad:

Anyway - Most shools that teach Geography or Economics let their students sit the exam usually with minimum work as much of the course is covered in Eco and Geog but more so in Geography. people who sit this usually get a grade higher than they would in Geography. It is a mixture of sociology/geography/economics and is very easy and interesting its like Human Geography.

The benefit of taking this subject is it involves minimum work providing you take Geography so if you do 4 AS and you get this one on top it won't really make a difference to your work load. However as its a new A Level and only around 800 people per Year in the UK take it its not a known subject so people may look down on it. However the content isn't doss material and the content relates to real life.

Personally I would take it especially if I was doing Geography as the information learnt is reinforced and you can use knowledge from both subjects to help! In conclusion a very enjoyabole course that is well worth taking.

I hope that helped!

Here is a Specimen Paper: http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/1995.pdf

Here is the Specification: http://www.wjec.co.uk/uploads/publications/6150.pdf
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Thanks for the replies people,
Im not considering taking it lol i already do more than enough subjects, i was just curious as i had never heard of it before.
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It basically looks like human geography with the physical geography (the best half) taken out to me.
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Damn, that sounds interesting.
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hey...is anyone actually doing the world development alevel!???
if u are ....or if u did! pleasee let mee know
i would bi more than happy.....cuz i need some help ..
dis subject is driving me crazy.... its not hard....
but it becomes hard wen u have rubish teachersss:mad: arrghhhh HELPP
S.O.S LOL

if anyting...email [email protected]
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Hey, I do this subject at the moment, I have my AS exam on Thursday and am worried! Although it's not too difficult, there's a lot of case studies to learn...
'SusanaJalo' do you have any tips for the exam?... How did you do in the end?
I'd be very grateful of some top-tips from anyone who has sat the exam, or sitting it...
Thankyou very much!
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Hey, I do this subject at the moment, I have my AS exam on Thursday and am worried! Although it's not too difficult, there's a lot of case studies to learn...
'SusanaJalo' do you have any tips for the exam?... How did you do in the end?
I'd be very grateful of some top-tips from anyone who has sat the exam, or sitting it...
Thankyou very much!
I'm sitting it on Thursday too, I've done no revision for it and haven't learnt any of the content that doesn't overlap with Economics. For me I really need to learn case studies as I know very little of them as we don't study many in Economics as you would Geography. Looking at the papers and specification I think a good comprehensive knowledge of relevant case studies will do you well.

We looked at a mark-scheme today and it appears the more specific you can be as regards to applying case studies to questions then the higher marks you can receive.

Please if you have any other tips or links to useful websites (espec. if they have case studies!) I'd love them as right now I'm thinking I will have to most just wing this exam.
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I'm sitting it on Thursday too, I've done no revision for it and haven't learnt any of the content that doesn't overlap with Economics. For me I really need to learn case studies as I know very little of them as we don't study many in Economics as you would Geography. Looking at the papers and specification I think a good comprehensive knowledge of relevant case studies will do you well.

We looked at a mark-scheme today and it appears the more specific you can be as regards to applying case studies to questions then the higher marks you can receive.

Please if you have any other tips or links to useful websites (espec. if they have case studies!) I'd love them as right now I'm thinking I will have to most just wing this exam.
Well this morning I put the spec. content on an A3 sheet, and have spent the day annotating it, with relevant case studies, and general information. I haven't found any sites at all... it's not a very well known subject! I've done a few past papers, but have used my notes for a few of the questions, as I can;t for the life of me, remember specific country statistics, and dates etc... I am going into school tomorrow though... and I'll have last minute revision with my teachers...
How are your teachers? Which other subjects do they teach?
We don't have any of the economics side really as our teachers are Geography and RE...! Are you hoping to carry it on to A2?

Very nice to get a reply from you, thankyou !
If I don't hear from you before then GOOD LUCK!
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Well this morning I put the spec. content on an A3 sheet, and have spent the day annotating it, with relevant case studies, and general information. I haven't found any sites at all... it's not a very well known subject! I've done a few past papers, but have used my notes for a few of the questions, as I can;t for the life of me, remember specific country statistics, and dates etc... I am going into school tomorrow though... and I'll have last minute revision with my teachers...
How are your teachers? Which other subjects do they teach?
We don't have any of the economics side really as our teachers are Geography and RE...! Are you hoping to carry it on to A2?

Very nice to get a reply from you, thankyou !
If I don't hear from you before then GOOD LUCK!
Ah, that sounds like an awesome idea. Is there the slightest chance of you being able to scan that sheet and send it to me ? I will send you my slightly misdirected set of notes in return :rave:. No worries if you can't or it's a massive effort to do so.

I'm just having problems finding enough of relevant case studies which are easy to learn. I've found some stuff but as you said specific information is absolutely impossible to learn.

I'm in year 13 and doing it on the side of A2 economics without any extra lessons. Thus we haven't been taught anything other than what is on the economics syllabus, leaving most of us are feeling pretty uninformed as regards to what we need to learn for this exam. So my position is the opposite to yours in that I am only aware of the economics part of the course and I'm rushing to learn everything relating to geography.

These links may also be of use if you haven't already come across them:
http://www.ngfl-cymru.org.uk/vtc/ngf..._dev/g_miller/

http://www.wjec.co.uk/index.php?subj...l=21&list=docs

http://www.imf.org/external/np/prsp/prsp.asp
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Ah, that sounds like an awesome idea. Is there the slightest chance of you being able to scan that sheet and send it to me ? I will send you my slightly misdirected set of notes in return :rave:. No worries if you can't or it's a massive effort to do so.

I'm just having problems finding enough of relevant case studies which are easy to learn. I've found some stuff but as you said specific information is absolutely impossible to learn.

I'm in year 13 and doing it on the side of A2 economics without any extra lessons. Thus we haven't been taught anything other than what is on the economics syllabus, leaving most of us are feeling pretty uninformed as regards to what we need to learn for this exam. So my position is the opposite to yours in that I am only aware of the economics part of the course and I'm rushing to learn everything relating to geography.
I am sorry, I don't have a scanner?!
Is there any particular areas that you need case studies for? Today I went through all of the Key Ideas and wrote down all the case studies for each... if there's any that you need any information for, I am happy to help! (I hope you get this before tomorrow's exam)!
Ah right, I'm only in Year 12. Well they obviously think you're capable of doing well in it if they haven't taught you any thing.
Thankyou ever so much for those links!
Thankyou, and if there's anything I can do to help...
If I don't get a reply from you before... GOOD LUCK!
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I am sorry, I don't have a scanner?!
Is there any particular areas that you need case studies for? Today I went through all of the Key Ideas and wrote down all the case studies for each... if there's any that you need any information for, I am happy to help! (I hope you get this before tomorrow's exam)!
Ah right, I'm only in Year 12. Well they obviously think you're capable of doing well in it if they haven't taught you any thing.
Thankyou ever so much for those links!
Thankyou, and if there's anything I can do to help...
If I don't get a reply from you before... GOOD LUCK!
No worries, I have managed to get some extra information and case studies now so I'm feeling more prepared. Do you have anything relating to population concepts (Malthus and Boserup)? I'm aware of the concepts but I have no idea about their application to the real world.

I think my success will be dependant on the questions that come up. And good luck to you too, i'm sure you'll be fine if you've covered everything on the spec.
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No worries, I have managed to get some extra information and case studies now so I'm feeling more prepared. Do you have anything relating to population concepts (Malthus and Boserup)? I'm aware of the concepts but I have no idea about their application to the real world.

I think my success will be dependant on the questions that come up. And good luck to you too, i'm sure you'll be fine if you've covered everything on the spec.
Brilliant!

Okay...

Thomas Malthus - also known as 'The Prophet of Doom,' was a pesimist. He believed that there was a 'ceiling' to the poplation, and that the there is conflict between population and resources/food production. He said that positive and preventative checks were necessary to keep the population managed... eg positive = famine, preventative = contraception, family planning, education...!

Esther Boserup - was an optimist, and a Danish economist. She said that humans will ALWAYS find a way of dealing with the growing population. There will be advances in technology and agriculture to cope with the humans. She also said that over-population is a sign of under-development.

Mauritius can be used to illustrate both of the views... Mauritius' population was becoming a worry, therefore they introduced family planning and education, and made technological advances, to produce more food - which helped the population stabilise (this is Malthus). However it also illustrates Boserup, although the population was growing, the population found ways of dealing with this - introducing new technological, and agricultural methods. As a consequence the population has stabilised.

The Netherland's Fallacy is another example, the only way that the country can survive and cope is from imports - everything is imported (including Labour), without these imports the country would be unsustainable and would have completely ran out of resources (in Malthus' view, it would have reached its 'ceiling') therefore... this backs up Malthus' view, that there is conflict between humans and the environment. The Netherland's Fallacy was put forward by Paul Erlich - a Neo Malthusian (a disciple of Thomas Malthus).

I hope this helps, I am sorry if I have made it even more complicated... I've had a go! If there's anything else... it's actually helped me by writing everything I know out!
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I hope this helps, I am sorry if I have made it even more complicated... I've had a go! If there's anything else... it's actually helped me by writing everything I know out!
Cheers! That was great to know and is now firmly planted in my memory for tomorrow.

If it isn't too much trouble, any reasonably brief country specific case studies on the HIPC, PRSP or the Millenium Development Goals would be awesome. I have some but they're either extremely drawn out or not directly relevant (for example I have a couple of good ones on the Structural Adjustment Programme).

I also have a set of notes on Word that you can have if you think reading through an alternative set of information vaguely linked (43 pages :/) to the spec will help? If you want them just PM me your email address and I can send you them.
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Cheers! That was great to know and is now firmly planted in my memory for tomorrow.

If it isn't too much trouble, any reasonably brief country specific case studies on the HIPC, PRSP or the Millenium Development Goals would be awesome. I have some but they're either extremely drawn out or not directly relevant (for example I have a couple of good ones on the Structural Adjustment Programme).

I also have a set of notes on Word that you can have if you think reading through an alternative set of information vaguely linked (43 pages :/) to the spec will help? If you want them just PM me your email address and I can send you them.
I don't actually have any notes on a particular HIPC country, however a PRSP example is Mali. There were three priority areas, institutuional development and improved governance, human development and strengthening the access to basic social sciences, and development of infrastructure and support four key productive sectors. This PRSP has resulted in the creation of over 10,000 jobs, and reduced poverty from 64% in 2001 to 45% in 2007. Millenium Development Goals... I don't think a particular country is needed - just to know them, and know one of them which has made progress (number 2)... and one which hasn't (number 2)! Theme 2 is the weaker one for me - I don't feel I know as much at all...

That would be absolutely wonderful! Thankyou ever so much... I will do! If I work out how to do it... I'm very new to this TSR malarchy!
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I don't actually have any notes on a particular HIPC country, however a PRSP example is Mali. There were three priority areas, institutuional development and improved governance, human development and strengthening the access to basic social sciences, and development of infrastructure and support four key productive sectors. This PRSP has resulted in the creation of over 10,000 jobs, and reduced poverty from 64% in 2001 to 45% in 2007. Millenium Development Goals... I don't think a particular country is needed - just to know them, and know one of them which has made progress (number 2)... and one which hasn't (number 2)! Theme 2 is the weaker one for me - I don't feel I know as much at all...

That would be absolutely wonderful! Thankyou ever so much... I will do! If I work out how to do it... I'm very new to this TSR malarchy!
Thanks for that... i've learnt them so it should be alright. I've made up a strange acronym 'GEMP-MASH' to remember them which should be in that document that I sent you somewhere.

And yes good luck to you too however I think you'll need it less than I will! TSR is good however I get addicted and end up spending way too much time on here when I should really be revising (like now )
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Thanks for that... i've learnt them so it should be alright. I've made up a strange acronym 'GEMP-MASH' to remember them which should be in that document that I sent you somewhere.

And yes good luck to you too however I think you'll need it less than I will! TSR is good however I get addicted and end up spending way too much time on here when I should really be revising (like now )
Those acronyms are VERY useful... I am certainly going to pass those on to my class-mates! Thankyou very much!
I don't know about that :eek3: <- that's how I'm feeling right now!
It is rather good... I only joined to get help for World Development, but I think I'm going to carry on using it!
Well... GOOD LUCK! No doubt I'll speak to you tomorrow about your feelings about it... it'll all be over in 24 hours - CRIKEY!
Thanks so much for your help!
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Thanks for that... i've learnt them so it should be alright. I've made up a strange acronym 'GEMP-MASH' to remember them which should be in that document that I sent you somewhere.

And yes good luck to you too however I think you'll need it less than I will! TSR is good however I get addicted and end up spending way too much time on here when I should really be revising (like now )
Hello again!
I am curious to know how you did in World Development, and whether all that last minute TSRing paid off?!
Hope so !
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