Unit 16 overview-australia, oceanic, and antartica



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UNIT 16 OVERVIEW-AUSTRALIA, OCEANIC, AND ANTARTICA

Concepts / Key Understandings

Physical Geography

Major landforms, climates and ecosystems are interrelated.




The character of a place is shaped by its economic, social, political and cultural characteristics.




Early civilizations and modern areas of dense population have developed near water, fertile soil and temperate climate.




Region is a way of organizing the Earth's surface into areas with unifying geographic characteristics.

Economics

Types of economic systems and level of economic activity play a role in determining the level of development of a nation.




The creation and distribution of resources affects the location and patterns of movement of products, capital, and people.

Culture

Political, economic, and social processes shape cultural patterns.




Cultures experience both continuity and change across time.




Economic opportunities for women and ethnic minorities vary based on culture region.

Place

Past population patterns can be used to predict future trends.

Technology

Changes in technology, transportation, and communication affect the location and patterns of economic activities.

Guiding Questions Correlated to Key Understandings

How does each of the following contribute to the climate of Australia, Oceania, and Antarctica? Latitude, elevation, mountain barriers, proximity to water, ocean currents, storms and atmospheric pressure



What social, political, and cultural characteristics define the character of Australia and Oceania?



What observations can be drawn about settlement patterns using population maps and data from Australia and Oceania?



What are the unifying regions in Australia and Oceania?



What economics systems have been used Australia and Oceania?



What observations can be drawn about the level of development of the countries in the region and the level of economic activities and other demographics?



What physical processes influence this region?



How has each of the following processes affected cultural change in the region? Migration, war, trade, independent inventions and diffusion of ideas?



How have cultures in this region maintained traditional ways of life?



How has the creation and distribution of resources affected the location and pattern of movement of products, capital and people in Australia and Oceania?



What role did the physical geography of the region play in influencing the boundaries, political divisions, alliances and policies of Australia and Oceania?



How does the climate of Australia in the northern and coastal regions affect the economy?


Guiding Questions Correlated to Key Understandings

How have new technologies, new markets and perception of resources impacted this region?



How have economic activities influenced migration to Australian?



What common cultural beliefs in the region impact citizenship practices, decision making, and public policy?



How does the culture of Australia and Oceania impact economic opportunities for women and ethnic minorities in the region?



How has colonization impacted Australia and Oceania?



What significant challenges face countries in Australia and Oceania in the future?



Why is Antarctica important to modern society?





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