– Australia’s Urban Future
Changing places supports Stage 5 Geography and focuses on the topic ‘Australia’s Urban future’ and the Key Inquiry Question of ‘What strategies are used to manage environmental change in urban places to enhance sustainability’?
Students will use fieldwork sites in Barangaroo and Millers Point to:
- Learn about implications of Australia’s projected population for the future growth and sustainability of places
- Assess strategies to create economically, socially and environmentally sustainable urban places
- Describe ways for individuals and communities to contribute to a sustainable urban future
- Acquire and process geographical information by selecting and using geographical tools for enquiry
- Communicate geographical information using a range of strategies
- Develop Geographic inquiry skills including:
Acquiring – what is where?
Processing – why is it there?
Communicating – why care?
- Answer a fieldwork question ‘Describe and evaluate how Barangaroo contributes to the creation of environmentally, socially and economically sustainable urban places.
Integrating the ‘Sustainability’ Cross Curriculum Priority is a feature of the program.
The program has three main components:
- Introductory activities and web based resources
- A full day fieldwork excursion at Barangaroo and Millers Point
- Follow up activities to enhance Geographic and Sustainability knowledge, skills, values and attitudes.
During the full day fieldwork excursion, students will:
- Acquire, process and communicate geographic information to answer a fieldwork question.
- Learn basic geographic tools including mapping, field sketching, photo interpretation etc.
- Record evidence of economic, environmental and social sustainability within the study site
- Undertake a basic Environmental Impact Study
- Use cameras to document their fieldwork activities
- Undertake a tour of Millers Point to learn about the NSW Department of Housing’s decision to sell off public housing, and its implications for social sustainability
- Complete a land use transect