Explain why and how Geographers do fieldwork.
You will be exploring different types of fieldwork during this unit and looking at how fieldwork is carried out. You will also have the opportunity to carry out your own fieldwork locally and present your findings. You will create a report answering the above question.
Week one: What is fieldwork? What sort of fieldwork are geographers carrying out globally?
Week two: Why is fieldwork important to geographers? Why should geographers gather primary data?
Week three: What do geographers always start with and why? Formulating your own enquiry question for your fieldwork.
Week four: What tools do geographers have to carry out fieldwork? Collection of your own data. What methods have you chosen and why?
Week five: What happens after data collection? The importance of these next stages. How will your process your data and what have you found? Evaluate your fieldwork and think about the next steps.
Week six: Overall, why do geographers do fieldwork? What are the key ingredients for all fieldwork? If you could do any fieldwork, what would it be and why?
During this unit we will explore the emerging issues of population growth. You will draw on mathematical skills to analyse statistics, find trends in data and present your own using line graphs and pie charts. You will build your knowledge to answer the following essay question:
"A lack of food is the biggest population challenge of our time."
To what extent do you agree?
Week one: How many people live on the planet? How has global population changed over time, in terms of size and distribution? Why does population change?
Week two: Lack of food as biggest challenge, why is lack of food such a big problem today? Who is hungry and why? Why is a solution difficult?
Week three: Pollution as the biggest challenge. Why is pollution such a big problem today? Where is the pollution and how is it affecting people? Why is a solution difficult?
Week four: Ageing population as the biggest challenge. Why is an ageing population such a big problem today? Where are ageing populations present / developing? How does an ageing population affect the country?
Week five: Slums as the biggest challenge. Why are slums such a big problem today? Where are the slums present / developing? What problems do slums bring?
Week six: Which is the biggest challenge? What reasons or evidence support your opinion? Do you agree with the essay question?