Geography is an integrative subject that brings a va riety of perspectives, both social and physical, to the study of people, places, and environments around the world. Knowing where physical,
social, or political events or processes occur helps students gain a spatial perspective on them.
Understanding the processes that shape the earth and knowing how life forms interact with the env i ronment allow them to view events from an ecological perspective. Historical and economic perspectives help students understand the relationship between people and their
environments, as well as interactions that occur among groups of people. Studying geography, students receive practical guidance for decision making and problem solving in geographic planning, economic development, and environmental and resource management.
As the world’s economies become increasingly interdependent, as pressures on the world’s resources mount, and as concerns about issues such as global warming, urbanization, and population growth escalate, people need to become geographically literate and able to make informed judgements about environmental and social issues. The Grade 9 Geography of Canada course provides students with a foundation in this essential area of learning.