Geography (Units 3 & 4) - ATAR

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Course Code:
ATGEO
Pathway:
University Pathway
Pre-requisites:
Grade C or better in Geography (Units 1 & 2) - ATAR
Course Description:
The Year 12 Geography Course consists of Inquiry Skills and two Units of Study called Global Environmental Change and Planning Sustainable Places.
 
Unit 3- Global Environmental Change
This unit focuses on the changing Earth’s surface, the creation of human living areas and the resulting impacts on global climate or biodiversity loss. Human change to the land has impacted upon atmospheric and ecological systems. Climate change and loss of biodiversity are producing further transformations. Students will examine this relationship with  respect to current climate change crisis and look critically at strategies proposed to resolve this in different areas of the world and at different scales e.g. local and global.
 
This unit begins with an overview of land cover change drawn from different regions and countries. Two depth studies provide greater detail. The first study focuses on the interrelationship between land cover and either global climate change or biodiversity loss. The second study focuses on the evaluation of a local land over change initiative designed to address either climate change or biodiversity loss.
 
In undertaking these depth studies, students study world landscapes, the nature of the world’s rainfall and temperature patterns, key natural systems: heat budget (including the greenhouse effect), hydrological cycle, carbon cycle and atmospheric circulation, and the ways in which they interact to influence the Earth’s climate. Climatic evidence will be analysed and projections of the impacts of global climate change made. The emphasis is upon catering for potential impacts on world systems.
 
Unit 4 – Planning sustainable places
In this unit, students investigate how the outcomes of processes vary depending on local responses and adaptations, for example, population growth and decline, and economic restructuring. Students also examine the causes and consequences of urbanisation as well as challenges that exist in metropolitan and regional centres and megacities. This Unit begins with a world overview of the process of urbanisation and its consequences.
 
Urbanisation not only affects human wellbeing and the rate of world population growth, it has created a range of challenges for urban, rural and remote places, including Indigenous communities. Challenges include: housing, economic restructuring, employment, transportation, congestion, environmental degradation, waste management, personal safety, land  abandonment, urban sprawl, socio spatial inequality, social inclusion and exclusion, changing demographics. Students will use digital sources to study forces causing these changes to megacities and Australian metropolitan and regional centres. The central focus is to consider sustainability, a key planning goal, and how it can be enhanced. The emphasis is upon contemporary issues and their resolution.  Two depth studies provide greater detail. The first study focuses on challenges in metropolitan Perth or a Regional Urban Centre in Western Australia. The second study focuses on challenges faced in a megacity. Students examine the concepts, processes and roles of planning in these selected contexts. This approach enables students to also develop an understanding of the challenges in two urban places.
Course Assessment:
This is an externally examined course. Internal assessment consists of;

Examinations - 40%
Short and Extended response tests - 30%
Fieldwork and Practical Skills - 15%
Geographical Inquiry Skills - 15%


Additional Information:
Students develop a range of skills that help them to understand the physical world, interpret the past, scrutinise the present, and explore sustainable strategies for the future care of places. They are able to understand recent and future developments, such as urban planning, climate change, environments at risk, sustainable development practices, and the unequal distribution of resources throughout the world. The skills developed form an integral part of growth areas in a global job market. Career pathways include a wide variety of  opportunities in the areas of: Environmental Science, Environmental Engineering (biological or chemical), Urban Planning, Geographers/mapping technicians (including GIS  specialists), Atmospheric scientists, Hydrologists, Petroleum Engineers, Geoscientists, Surveyors, Sociologists, Business Analysts and many more.
 
Additional Costs:
Potential for excursion(s) – up to $80.