The Earth is a beautiful place, with natural processes continually working to shape the natural environment. Humans also bring about change through their interactions with, and use of, the world around them. In this unit students will study the changes occurring on our planet, whilst evaluating the policies designed to manage them.
This study enables students to:
- Develop an understanding of spatial concepts while investigating components of the physical environment.
- Use a wide range of geographic techniques such as mapping, graphing and photo interpretations.
- Undertake a field investigation to gather and interpret data and to produce a report which utilises geographic techniques.
- Critically evaluate information and design suitable management proposals
- The hydrologic cycle.
- The polar lands of Antarctica and the Arctic region, with a focus on international agreements, ecosystem diversity, food webs, threats such as climate change, pollution, mining and tourism, and management issues and future plans.
- Coastal formations, processes and ecosystems and the influence and effects of human activities.
- Deforestation, land degradation and desertification with a focus on forest processes and ecosystems and how human activity has affected them.
- The climate change phenomenon, focusing on causes and effects, past changes and future projections, the greenhouse effect, ozone depletion, acid rain, management issues and strategies.
- Practical learning activities including experiments, data analysis and interpreting maps, graphs, tables and photographs.
- Research assignments on current environmental management issues and practices.
- Field work involving gathering, reporting on and interpretation of data.
- Topic tests and an examination.