Part 4: here and there

An old fort at Bundi, India

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Part 4 involves a comparative study of the wellbeing issues confronting communities in India and Australia, aligning with the cross-curriculum priority Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia.

Wellbeing can vary considerably within single nations and between locations that have similar levels of development. Comparing rural and urban dwellers reveals that improved prospects with respect to employment and education can be accompanied by deleterious factors such as pollution, overcrowding and lack of clean water.

Traditional regional diets in some locations prove to be a healthier option than convenience diets in other similarly developed nations (eg the Mediterranean as opposed to the North American diet).

While development has provided some traditional communities with levels of education and health care it has, in some instances, also brought harmful elements such as poor diet, alcohol and dental disease, such as in some Indigenous communities in Australia.

Learning objectives

Students will:

  • undertake a wellbeing study focusing on India and Australia to identify, compare, contrast and explain the circumstances of their wellbeing
  • apply the understanding developed in previous activities to gather appropriate information to conduct a comparative case study
  • examine differences in human wellbeing between places in Australia at a local scale, such as within a city or region, and discuss ways to explain them
  • debate how a person's wellbeing is influenced by where they live, with reference to at least two different regions of India
  • examine and analyse primary and secondary digital resources in a geographical inquiry and conduct a case study
  • consider the interrelation between Australia and Asia and the capacity for Australia to affect the wellbeing of Asian neighbours, through a study of India.


  1. Activity 4.1: comparative study of wellbeing issues in India and Australia