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NSW Syllabuses

Geography K–10 - Stage 5 Environmental Change and Management – Stage 5


A student:

  • GE5-2

    explains processes and influences that form and transform places and environments

  • GE5-3

    analyses the effect of interactions and connections between people, places and environments

  • GE5-4

    accounts for perspectives of people and organisations on a range of geographical issues

  • GE5-5

    assesses management strategies for places and environments for their sustainability

  • GE5-7

    acquires and processes geographical information by selecting and using appropriate and relevant geographical tools for inquiry

  • GE5-8

    communicates geographical information to a range of audiences using a variety of strategies

Related Life Skills outcomes: GELS-2, GELS-3, GELS-4, GELS-5, GELS-7, GELS-8

  • Key inquiry questions

  • How do environments function?
  • How do people’s worldviews affect their attitudes to and use of environments?
  • What are the causes and consequences of change in environments and how can this change be managed?
  • Why is an understanding of environmental processes and interconnections essential for sustainable management of environments?
  • Content focus

  • Students develop an understanding of the functioning of environments and the scale of human-induced environmental change challenging sustainability. They explore worldviews influencing approaches to environmental use and management. Students undertake an investigative study of the causes and consequences of environmental change in an environment in Australia and another country. They compare and evaluate the management responses in both countries and propose ways individuals can contribute to environmental sustainability.
  • Content

  • Environments
  • Students:
  • investigate the role and importance of natural environments, for example:
  • identification of the function of natural environments in supporting life eg maintaining biodiversity FVR
  • Environmental change
  • Students:
  • investigate human-induced environmental changes across a range of scales, for example:  (ACHGK070)
  • brief examination of types, and extent, of environmental change FVR ACCT
  • Environmental management
  • Students:
  • investigate environmental management, including different worldviews and the management approaches of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, for example: (ACHGK071, ACHGK072) AHC
  • discussion of varying environmental management approaches and perspectives AHCASE
  • Investigative study
  • Select ONE type of environment in Australia as the context for a comparative study with at least ONE other country.
  • Students:
  • explanation of how the biophysical processes operating in the environment maintain its functioning F CCTEUICT
  • investigate the causes, extent and consequences of the environmental change  (ACHGK073)
  • examination of the causes and extent of change to the environment in each country MGS CCTWE
  • analysis of the short and long-term consequences of the environmental change in each country SECCT
  • investigate the management of the environmental change, for example:  (ACHGK074, ACHGK075) SE
  • discussion of the factors influencing the management responses in each country eg worldviews, competing demands, technology, climate change  SEIUWE
  • comparison and evaluation of the effectiveness of the management responses in achieving environmental sustainability SECCT
  • proposal of how individuals could contribute to achieving environmental sustainability for the environment in each country SEPSCCC