Core SRP 5.3
Students use a structured decision-making process to suggest participatory action regarding a significant current environmental, business, political or legal issue.
Geography SRP 5.3
Students research a contemporary issue related to an ecological system and develop possible approaches to dealing with the issue.
Core SRP 6.3
Students advocate to influence Australia’s role in future global economies or environments.
Geography SRP 6.3
Students participate in a field study of a particular system to investigate evidence of sustainable development.
Participation and decision-making
significant current environmental, business, political or legal issues in natural, social or built settings at a range of scales
where significant issues often overlap categories e.g. native title may be political and legal infrastructure locations such as for roads and dams are environmental and political
where significance could be based on quantitative analysis of media reports, surveys of local community
action which involves practical, authentic behaviours extending beyond the theoretical
actions involving negotiation, consultation, clarification of position, clarity of intentions
overuse e.g. excessive irrigation from Australia’s waterways especially along Murray-Darling Rivers and within this river basin
pollution e.g. air pollution from car exhausts/factories in inner city regions of major Australian cities
misuse e.g. grazing margins of Australia’s rangelands
could be related to
biosphere (particular plant and animal communities)
lithosphere (land, soils)
hydrosphere (atmosphere, rivers, oceans)
Australia’s role in future global economies or environments
the advocacy, participation and regulatory roles of Australian governments and local and international agencies in e.g. World Heritage, greenhouse gas emissions, international fishing, trade in endangered species, clean water programmes
foreign aid organizations- donations, projects and their impact
ethical consumerism related to labour/ environment issues
the Cairns Group and other free trade alliances
globalisation and patterns of international investment
examples of particular system
land system – soil, geomorphology
water system – river study, coastal
ecosystem – rainforest study
evidence of sustainable development e.g.
use of contour ploughing to minimise soil erosion from hillsides
regular water quality testing (by local council, concerned community groups)
use of deep rooted native species to reduce water table and consequent problems of salinity
orientation of homes to maximise solar energy potential, natural breezes
use a structured decision making process
use the Geographic Inquiry process to come to a decision relating to a particular native title claim
What and where is the native title claim being studied?
How does the process of gaining native title work and why has it been invoked?
What impact will it have upon present land and landholders and traditional claimants?
What is currently being done?
Based upon this analysis, what do you think should happen?
findings could be presented in oral or written form
simulated referendum or structured debate related to legislation changes required to protect the environment
court room role play related to a conflict over a coastal or other development
research and develop approaches
utilise primary and secondary sources to determine how a particular resource is currently being used and determine which of the following options is most feasible
prevent any further use of the resource
utilise resource at considerably lower levels
maintain current usage levels
increase level of usage
advocate to influence
consider gaining membership of an international agency/organisation
communicate electronically with authorities and advocate a particular position e.g. on foreign aid
discuss with local business and community leaders the positive and negative effects of free trade policy on the local community
influence consumer behaviour by planning and organising an advertising and marketing campaign in the local area
participate in field study
actively engage in collecting own data using measuring instruments, surveys, observation records, with particular emphasis upon the extent to which sustainable practices have been used
recommend what needs to be done to rectify any shortcomings or endorse particular practices as exemplary of what can be achieved