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Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Environmental change and management

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Curriculum content descriptions

The application of systems thinking to understanding the causes and likely consequences of the environmental¬†change¬†being investigated¬† (ACHGK073)

Elaborations
  • describing the nature of the environmental change and its effect on the sustainability of environmental functions
  • examining the interconnections between biophysical processes and human actions that generate environmental change, together with the consequences of these changes
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Reasoning,  Biogeochemical cycles,  Environmental impact

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