Studies of Society and Environment Elaborations of core learning outcomes using a geographical perspective and geography learning outcomes

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Systems, Resources and Power

Elaborations of core learning outcomes using a geographical perspective and geography learning outcomes.

The following elaborations are examples only of what students know and can do, and should not be considered prescriptive or exhaustive.
Key concept: Economy and business

Key process: Creating

Level 5

Level 5

Level 6

Level 6

Learning outcome

Core SRP 5.2

Students design models of Australian economic system to demonstrate its relationship to global trade.

Geography SRP. 5.2

Students participate in hypothetical/simulation activity to examine an issue and show an understanding of systems, resources and power.

Core SRP 6.2

Students make practical suggestions for improving productivity and working conditions in industry or business.

Geography SRP .6.2

Students complete a case study of an environmental inquiry involving procedural justice.

Students know:
Economy and business

Australian economic system’s relationship to global trade

impact of free trade/protectionism on Australia’s different economic sectors

Australia’s exports to countries with specific needs e.g. disease/contaminant free produce, religious requirements e.g. Muslim need for live animal exports

influence on Australia’s economy of regional trade links (APEC, ASEAN) and other international trade links (WTO)

impact of world exchange rate fluctuations on Australia’s industries e.g. exports, tourism

reasons for Australia’s moves to expand exports to populous Asian markets (especially China, Indonesia etc.)

an issue relating to systems, resources, power

(could relate to an Australian or overseas issue)

a current issue which highlights the conflicts arising over different value positions e.g. a local/state government might wish to develop a particular enterprise in an area which will shore up the economy of the area (and perhaps beyond) but which leads to environmental or social conflict e.g. a tourist resort in a particularly sensitive environment

productivity and working conditions in an industry or business

nature of working conditions current in different countries and cultures

changes to industrial relations and its impact on industries and trade e.g. pastoralism, waterfront

costs and benefits of ‘piece work’ e.g. migrant ‘outworkers’ for clothing companies

reasons why people are involved in exploitative practices

the impact of technological change in the workplace e.g. on workers

improved conditions – the role of government, employers and unions

elements of procedural justice

such elements might include:

the right to be heard in relation to a particular issue e.g. residents and freeway developments

the right to object to elements of a proposal, during preliminary phases e.g. mining development proposals

the right to fair compensation (monetary or otherwise), depending upon the outcome of a decision) e.g. land resumptions

Students can:

design models

create and label a flow diagram of current/future scenarios of the optimal mix of economic activity in Australia, given particular circumstances e.g. impact of conflict in East Timor and the consequences for future trade

design a futures wheel to look at the issue of banning livestock exports to the Middle East (or other nations).

design a 3-D display showing the trade links Australia has with other nations

build interactive webpages which allow users to identify the changing geographic focus of Australia’s export destinations

participate in activity

engage in role play in groups adopting the following roles:

  • Mayor

  • State MP

  • Environmental Lobby Group Leader

  • Leader of Residents’ Action Group (opposed to venture)

  • CEO of business operation

  • Group of individuals are members of a forum discussing whether or not a particular venture should proceed. Determine how the resources should be utilised, by whom and determine how to ameliorate those who may not be initially pleased by the outcome

make practical suggestions

write submissions to multinational companies to encourage them to change their practices regarding the exploitation of workers in both developed and developing nations

design a campaign for an MP to ban underpaid ‘piece-work’ activities within a particular electorate

develop practical suggestions for a local business/industry

gather information from a range of sources

identify an issue and articulate solutions

discuss solutions with practitioners in similar situation and modify plans

develop a cost benefit analysis of proposed changes

present plans/advocate to industry representatives

environmental inquiry

select a controversial environmental issue and investigate the issue using the following steps, e.g. Hinchinbrook resort, irrigation farming on Coopers Creek:

what is the issue?

where is it located?

how is the environment to be utilised, in this particular venture?

why have these decisions been made?

what will be the impact of this decision? Consequences to environment? Members of different political groups?

what is currently being done to responsibly address this situation? What could be done?

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