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Yr7 Geography for the Australian Curriculum - Water unit

by Ringwood Secondary College

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Course Description

Water in the world

Water in the world focuses on water as an example of a renewable environmental resource. This unit examines the many uses of water, the ways it is perceived and valued, its different forms as a resource, the ways it connects places as it moves through the environment, its varying availability in time and across space, and its scarcity. Water in the world develops students’ understanding of the concept of environment, including the ideas that the environment is the product of a variety of processes, that it supports and enriches human and other life, that people value the environment in different ways and that the environment has its specific hazards. Water is investigated using studies drawn from Australia, countries of the Asia region, and countries from West Asia and/or North Africa.

The key inquiry questions for Year 7 are articulated as follows:

  • How do people’s reliance on places and environments influence their perception of them?
  • What effect does the uneven distribution of resources and services have on the lives of people?
  • What approaches can be used to improve the availability of resources and access to services?
  • Unit 1: Water in the world
    1. The classification of environmental resources and the forms that water takes as a resource 
    2. The ways that flows of water connect places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places 
    3. The quantity and variability of Australia’s water resources compared with those in other continents
    4. The nature of water scarcity and ways of overcoming it, including studies drawn from Australia and West Asia and/or North Africa
    5. The economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region
    6. The causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard 
Cover image taken by the wonderfully talented Deniz Rafferty Thank you for allowing me to use your image.  

Also I would like to thank the following people for taking and kindly giving me permission to use their images of Water. Thank you: Christine Ross, Peter Crawford, Elly Zacharakis, Kimberley Hall, Melinda Eversteyn, Deniz Rafferty, Anita Blaker and Lucinda Rafferty. 
Yr7 Geography for the Australian Curriculum - Water unit
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