Year 10 Exemplars: Overview

Curriculum overview

There are two themes in the Australian Curriculum: Geography Year 10 and (its various HASS-based iterations).

Environmental change and management draws on the concepts of environment, change, interconnection and sustainability to investigate the nature and extent of human-induced environmental changes that challenge sustainability. It also evaluates the management strategies used to mitigate the impacts of environmental change for a chosen environment in one or more countries of the world, selected as appropriate.

Geographies of human wellbeing considers the concepts of change, interconnection and sustainability to explore the measures and differences of the wellbeing of populations within and between countries. Strategies implemented to improve wellbeing and promote a sustainable future are also studied. Case studies can be drawn from Australia and across the world as appropriate.

About the illustrations

Illustration 1: Managing coastlines focuses on how we have managed coastlines over time. It considers historical changes along the Adelaide coastline and how we have managed changing coastal environments in other places. The sustainability of coastal environments is examined in detail.

Illustration 2: Environmental change provides a virtual fieldwork tour of Lake Monger in Western Australia and uses this example to scaffold students' investigation of a changing environment of their choice.

Illustration 3: Refugee migration takes a comprehensive look at the migration of refugees around the globe. The nature and extent of the problem is examined using an inquiry approach. Possible solutions prompted by governments and aid agencies are considered and evaluated.

Illustration 4: Rich and poor uses a range of data and an inquiry approach to examine the characteristic demographic features of rich and poor nations and the measures of wellbeing.

All four illustrations provide resources and information to support an extensive range of inquiry skills and assessment tasks for students of all abilities. They encourage students to research widely, use maps and statistics, and create imaginative displays and presentations.