Students learn about:
• the changing nature, rate and distribution of the world’s population
• spatial patterns of fertility and mortality
• types, volumes and directions of population movements such as rural-urban migration, labour migration and refugee migration
• issues arising from the changing size and distribution of population including environmental, economic and social impacts.
Student learn to:
investigate and communicate geographically by
• asking and addressing geographical questions such as
– how and why is the distribution of the world’s population changing?
– what are the factors responsible for cultural integration?
– what is the future of the nation-state?
– how can spatial inequality be defined?
– what types of conflicts can arise from the ownership and use of natural resources?
use geographical skills and tools such as
• calculating population density of a chosen area using a map
• using information technology to collect and synthesise data relevant to ecologically sustainable development
• estimating the scale of a given area from aerial photographs and satellite images to understand spatial patterns of natural resources use
• orientating a photograph to a map of an urban area
• interpreting frequency distributions and diagrams about access to food, shelter and educational opportunities for different groups.
identify geographical methods applicable to, and useful in, the workplace such as
• mapping global patterns of population distribution and migration
• applying information technology such as the Internet to understand population change
• the relevance of a geographical understanding of global challenges to a particular vocation such as: advising diplomats and politicians, practising journalism, participating in non-government organisations (NGOs), providing background information for tourist agencies and media outlets.
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