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Humanities and social sciences / Year 5 / Knowledge and Understanding / Economics and business

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Curriculum content descriptions

Types of resources (natural, human, capital) and the ways societies use them to satisfy the needs and wants of present and future generations (ACHASSK120)

Elaborations
  • categorising resources as natural (water, coal, wheat), human (workers, business owners, designing, making, thinking) and capital (tools, machines, technologies)
  • brainstorming resources that a local community might use
  • identifying and categorising the factors of production used in the production of goods and services that satisfy the needs and wants of a local community
  • listing the needs and wants of a local community and exploring the ways resources are currently used to meet these needs and wants and how resources might be used more sustainably to meet these needs and wants into the future
  • exploring how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples traditional and contemporary use of resources reflects their spiritual connections to the land, sea, sky and waterways
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Futures education,  Capital (Finance),  Resources

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Environmental implications of new Cotter Dam

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What is a joggobot?

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Drought: graziers turn to droving

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Elephant tusks: blessing or curse?

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Growing rice

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Global assessment of ecosystems

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What is a technology usability specialist?

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Spawning dams, not fish, on the Mekong?

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Out and about with the Nyul Nyul Rangers

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Mother Mekong

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Damming the free and mighty Mekong

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Recycled water for everyday use

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Power is money on the the Mekong

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Tracking heatwaves in Australia

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Engineering clean rivers

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Where does wastewater go?

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Tassie be dammed: raising environmental concerns

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Considering augmented reality technologies

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