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    Year 8 Geography Taber

    Term 1:

    Unit 1 - Global Change (8 weeks)

    * What is globalisation?

    * Evidence of globalisation in Armidale

    * The changing nature of the world

    * Global inequalities. Here we will investigate a variety of countries, both rich and poor, to give them a 'globalisation score'.

    * Pro and cons of globalisation

    Unit 2 - Global Issues and the Role of Citizenship (10 weeks)

    Term 2:

    Unit 2 (cont) - Global Issues (cont) and the role of citizenship



    Unit 1

    What is the unit called?

    Global Change.

    How long will this unit be taught for?

    The first eight weeks of Term 1.

    What we are looking at/doing/investigating?

    This unit focuses on gaining an understanding of what globalisation is and how the world has changed because of it. It investigates the role of technology and business in the globalisation process. From here, we will lead into discussions about access to basic needs such as food and water, who has it, who needs it and why.

    What we are trying to achieve?

    This unit aims to help students see that the study of Geography is so much more than just maps. We live in a rapidly changing world. Everyday, boys come into contact with aspects of globalisation such as transnational corporations. This unit identifies the positives and negatives of the global village, our global responsibilities and obligations to those less fortunate. Geography skills are also practiced in context during this unit.

    How will we measure success in this unit?

    The major assessment task for this unit will be a comparative research project that investigates a country of choice looking at factors such as GDP, life expectancy, access to health care and education and so on. On going assessment of participation and effort in class tasks and discussions will also be carried out.

    Where does homework fit in here?

    Students will be asked to complete any unfinished class work for homework.
    It is also expected that students will use prep time to complete the assignment.

    How can I assist my son?

    Ask your son what Geography involves why he thinks we study Geography.

    Discuss the ways humans interact with their environment and the ways the world has changed over time, especially in communications and business. Ask him if he thinks all people have equal opportunity to fulfil their basic human needs and if not, why not?

    How can you give us feedback?

    Feedback will be supplied to students orally both individually and following whole class tasks. Written feedback will be supplied in response to homework tasks and assignments when appropriate. Parents can contact me on ftaber@as.edu.au to discuss any aspect of this unit or their son's progress.


    Unit 2

    What is the unit called?

    Global Issues and the Role of Citizenship

    How long will this unit be taught for?

    10 weeks, spanning from the end of Term 1 to the end of Term 2.

    What we are looking at/doing/investigating?

    Following on from our previous unit on globalisation, this unit of work investigates some geographical issues such as access to water, climate change, human rights, urbanisation and threats to habitats and resources. While each issue is overviewed on a global scale, a case study of Indonesia is used to gain some local context.

    What we are trying to achieve?

    This unit aims to build an understanding of of these issues, with a specific focus on Indonesia and how they are approaching these challenges. By accessing current news and other resources, students become increasingly aware of the geography of our region and of the human impacts on the natural world. The unit will conclude with a cross-class forum, where students will represent various stakeholder groups and come together to negotiate a solution to a posed problem.

    How will we measure success in this unit?

    The forum requires two addresses to be made by each group as well as an individual reflection. Students will be marked both as individuals and for the work that their small group completes. Participation, cooperation and effort will be informally assessed throughout.

    Where does homework fit in here?

    Students will be asked to complete any unfinished class work for homework.
    It is also expected that students will use homework time to complete their preparation for the forum.

    How can I assist my son?

    Ask him which stakeholder he is representing in our cross-class Indonesian forum. Listen to him practice the speech he needs to make to this forum from the perspective of the stakeholder and focusing on the environmental issues in his brief. Discuss the impact of climate change on our future and involve him in decision making about any measures your family can take to reduce your personal impact.

    How can you give us feedback?

    Feedback will be supplied to students orally both individually and following whole class tasks. Written feedback will be supplied in response to homework tasks and assignments when appropriate. Parents can contact me on ftaber@as.edu.au to discuss any aspect of this unit or their son's progress.


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