Learning and Teaching Sequence for the SS Geography Curriculum

Level Topics
S4 Opportunities and Risks – Is it rational to live in hazard-prone areas? Plate tectonics and related landforms
Tectonic hazards – Earthquake, volcanic eruption, tsunami
Managing River and Coastal Environments Fluvial and coastal processes and landform features

Human activities in river and coastal environments – Consequences and management

Changing Industrial Location Factors affecting industrial location

Case studies – Hong Kong, iron and steel in China, IT industry in the US

S5 Dynamic Earth Earth systems – Internal structure of the Earth and rock cycle

Geomorphology and geology of Hong Kong

Geological resources – Reclamation materials

Geological hazard – Landslides

Building a Sustainable City City: processes, problems and solutions
Concepts of sustainable development
Sustainable city : characteristics, strategies of achievements, cost and benefits
Combating Famine Famine – Spatial pattern, causes and solution
Case studies – Nomadic herding in the Sahel, irrigation farming in Southern California
Disappearing Green Canopy Tropical rainforest as an ecosystem

Deforestation – Causes, consequences and solution

S6 Global Warming Patterns of world temperature distribution

Global warming – Causes, consequences and solutions

Weather and Climate


Climatic systems – Temperature, pressure and wind, precipitation

Weather and climate of Hong Kong

Factors affecting the climate of China

Drought in northern China – Causes, consequences and solutions



Component Outline Weighting Duration
Public examination Paper 1 Compulsory Part 75% 2 hours 45 minutes
Paper 2 Elective Part 25% 1 hour 15 minutes

There will be no School-Based Assessment (SBA). There will be a compulsory fieldwork-based question in Paper 1. Candidates are expected to have fieldwork experiences.


Relationship between Geography (S1 – 3) Syllabus and SS Geography Curriculum

Geography (S1 – 3) Geography (S4 – 6)
Topic Topic
Using urban space wisely
Building a Sustainable City
The trouble with water

Food problems

Managing River and Coastal Environments

Combating Famine

Living with natural hazards


Global shift in manufacturing industry
Oceans in trouble

Opportunities and Risks – Is it rational to live in hazard-prone areas?
Dynamic Earth
Weather and Climate
Changing Industrial Location
Disappearing Green Canopy