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

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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: Participation and decision-making

Key process: Participating

Level 5

Level 5

Level 6

Level 6

Learning outcome

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.

Students know:
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

participatory action

action which involves practical, authentic behaviours extending beyond the theoretical

actions involving negotiation, consultation, clarification of position, clarity of intentions

contemporary issue

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

ecological system

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

Students can:

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

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