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Geography / Year 9 / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 2: Geographies of interconnections

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Curriculum content descriptions

The effects of the production and consumption of goods on places and environments throughout the world and including a country from North-East Asia (ACHGK068)

Elaborations
  • exploring the environmental impacts of the consumer product on the places that produce the raw materials, make the product, and receive the wastes at the end of its life
  • identifying the effects of international trade in consumer products on Australian places
  • evaluating the effects of international demand for food products on biodiversity throughout the world, in the places of their production
General capabilities
  • Numeracy Numeracy
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
Cross-curriculum priorities
ScOT terms

Human impact,  Waste management,  Manufacturing processes,  Australia,  Energy use

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Pass the quinoa

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Exporting uranium and threats to the Reef

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Solving the problem of e-waste

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The environmental price of China's growth

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Interactive

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