Pupils are to be given the opportunity to study topics such as the Mediterranean migrants crisis as part of a new A-level by exam board OCR.
The 'Exploring Oceans' option will also enable them to explore a range of other contemporary subjects like piracy, rising sea levels and sustainable fishing, the Independent reports.
It will be included as part of a new 'geographical debates' section of the A-level, which pupils will begin studying next year.
The Nepal earthquake, the Ebola outbreak, climate change and the future of food are among the other topics up for study under the heading.
Mark Smith, subject specialist for geography at OCR, said the new specification would "bring to life the intrinsic links between physical and human geography".
"With the chance to explore topics like 21st century piracy, pandemics and plastic pollution, there has never been a more exciting time to study geography at school," he added.
The new syllabus focuses on a range of skills, including numeracy, literacy, teamwork and analytical skills, along with spatial and environmental awareness.
It is hoped this will improve the employability of geography students, who are already among the most likely to secure a job, according to statistics from the Higher Education Careers Service Unit.
Some 33,000 pupils studied geography at A-level last year, making it one of the ten most popular subjects. At AS-level, the fourth most popular subject combination is geography, biology, chemistry and maths.
Recently, OCR announced that cyber crime and programming would feature on its new Computer Science GCSE, equipping pupils with skills that could land them a job with the security services or major videogame companies.
The new course will focus heavily on computational thinking and provide greater opportunities for those in teaching jobs to improve their computer science knowledge.
Posted by Harriet McGowan