Geography / Year 10 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 2: Geographies of human wellbeing

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Curriculum content descriptions

Issues affecting development of places and their impact on human wellbeing, drawing on a study from a developing country or region in Africa, South America or the Pacific Islands (ACHGK078)

Elaborations
  • investigating development issues (for example, access to clean water, sanitation, health services and adequate food and shelter) and their potential impact on human wellbeing
  • identifying the trends in gross domestic product (GDP) and GDP per capita over time in the selected country or region and their relationship with trends in measures of wellbeing
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Economic growth,  Africa,  South America,  Wellbeing

Interactive Resource

Gapminder world

This is an interactive resource featuring an animated scatter plot displaying the development of over 200 countries between 1800 and 2011 based on data for two variables, the default being income per person and life expectancy, with population size represented by the size of the plotted points (bubbles). The graph has a ...

Teacher resource

Life expectancy PowerPoint

This teacher resource is a PowerPoint presentation designed to address common student misunderstandings about life expectancy. It emphasises that life expectancy is an average, that most people live for much longer or shorter than their life expectancy and that, when life expectancy is low, it is mostly because of a very ...

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Fair Trade resource page

This is a wide-ranging set of resources about the fair trade initiatives of the world-wide development agency Oxfam. The resources include eight frequently asked questions about fair trade; an article entitled 'What’s wrong with world trade?'; a 7 min video and a poster tracing fair trade coffee from Papua New Guinea and ...

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Now you're cooking with biogas!

Biogas is a renewable form of energy. In India, it's being made from cow dung and is contributing to the improved wellbeing of the nation's poorest communities. See how the use of appropriate technology can help to break the cycle of poverty.

Teacher resource

MDG 4: reducing child mortality

This teacher resource is a step-through Flash presentation about the 4th Millennium Development Goal of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). This goal, known as MDG 4, is about reducing child mortality, with the target of reducing the under-five years old mortality rate by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015, which ...

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Data: GDP

This resource is a multilayered web page focusing on a range of economic data produced by the World Bank. The home page alphabetically lists the gross domestic product (GDP) of all World Bank member countries and other economies with populations of more than 30,000 between 1980 and 2012. The data can be viewed as a table, ...

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Global economic prospects: South Asia

This resource is a web page produced by the World Bank analysing the current and future economic growth of South Asia from 2012 to 2015. It includes a short video of a World Bank economist providing an economic forecast for the region. A full regional analysis may be downloaded as a PDF. There are further links to economic ...

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Myanmar: dictatorship to democracy?

Imagine living your whole life under a military dictatorship. The people of Burma (a country also known as Myanmar) have been living this way for about half a century. See how recent government reforms have opened up new freedoms for Burmese citizens and given the international community access to the country once again.

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Famine and aid: Ethiopia

The Live Aid concert in 1985 drew attention to Ethiopia's terrible drought and famine. When this clip was made decades later in 2008, the developing nation was still experiencing widespread hunger. See how charitable aid can impact on the lives of those in less developed countries.

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Bosco the bucket fixer from Kigali, Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the world's poorest nations. Join Bosco, the bucket fixer, as he makes his way around the slums of Kigali, helping to mend broken things and, in the process, scraping together enough money to help his family survive.

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Water and human wellbeing

This is an online resource about water availability on Flores, an Indonesian island, highlighting the importance of access to sufficient safe drinking water for the wellbeing of a community. It describes a project carried out by a partnership between AusAID, World Vision and local communities, to provide access to a plentiful ...

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Phiny Ung

This is a page on the NSW Migration Heritage website that details the story of Phiny Ung, a Cambodian refugee who came to Australia in 1980. Phiny's personal account is told through a written memoir, personal photographs and video interviews in which she describes the migration experience of a displaced Cambodian citizen ...

Interactive Resource

Dollar street

This is an interactive resource about the different standards of living of people at different levels of wealth. It shows a street containing photo-panoramas from households at different income levels in Mozambique, South Africa and Uganda. The user can choose the level of income ranging from $1-2 per day to over $100 per ...

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Urbanisation and human wellbeing

This is an online resource looking at Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, as an example of a megacity. It considers change and growth in Jakarta, reasons for urbanisation and examines some of the problems facing megacities such as inequality of wealth, as well as those specific to Jakarta, particularly its vulnerability ...

Teacher resource

A geographical focus on 'Choose your own statistics'

This teaching resource demonstrates ways in which real data can used to support geographical enquiry. It is based on the interactive learning resource Choose your own statistics, where data is presented in the form of infographics, graphical representations and data tables. It also includes supporting information on each ...

Dataset

Child wellbeing

This is a web resource consisting of a database providing data on child wellbeing in OECD countries, including Australia. The 21 indicators used to measure child wellbeing are grouped into six categories: material wellbeing, housing and environment, educational wellbeing, health and safety, risky behaviours and quality ...

Interactive Resource

Development and health

This is a web-based resource produced by BBC Scotland providing basic factual information and interactive exercises to explore the relationship between economic development and human health. The site is divided into two key topic headings, Development and Health. Subsections include human and physical factors, social and ...

Interactive Resource

How's life?

This is a rich, interactive resource about the well-being of people from countries which are members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). It is titled OECD Better life index and uses 11 topics in the areas of material living conditions and quality of life to measure wellbeing. The resource ...

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The impossible made possible: ahh, clean water!

In Flores, Indonesia, eleven local villages and two international organisations work together to achieve an 'impossible' engineering feat. See in how many ways piping clean springwater from high up on a mountainside can help a community in need.

Interactive Resource

Has the world become a better place?

This interactive resource is a Flash presentation with voice-over that considers whether conditions have improved in developing countries since 1962. The presentation uses an animated scatter plot showing fertility rate and child mortality for all countries from 1962 to 2003 and compares industrialised countries with developing ...