On completion of this unit the student should be able to analyse the nature of significant population issues and challenges in selected countries and evaluate strategies in response to these.
Responding to population issues using census data and geospatial technologies
The purpose of this activity is for students to:
- investigate how local and state governments use geospatial technologies to respond to population issues
- evaluate the effectiveness of geospatial technologies in the development and implementation of these strategies.
Students apply this approach to a case study in Area of Study 2 (a growing or ageing population) using a case study of a local or state population issue.
Part A – The local or state population Issue
Brainstorm and identify current local or state population issues (for example, a suburban high school at full capacity, lack of public transport infrastructure in a new outer suburb of a city, loss of population in a regional town).
Divide the class into groups and allocate a local or state population issue to each group.
In the groups, students research their issue using the following guiding questions:;
- What is the issue?
- Why is it occurring?
- What types of geospatial data would be needed to analyse this issue in order to devise a strategy to manage it? (Students should be specific here: for example, ABS data – no. of children under 5; or ABS data – no. of vehicles per dwelling).
- What geospatial technologies would be used to collect and represent this data?
- Why are geospatial technologies the most effective way to manage this population issue?
Each group prepares a brief to present to the local or state government authority, providing information on how they would use geospatial technologies to collect data and analyse the causes and impacts of the issue.
Part B – Presentation of findings
Students synthesise their findings into a five-minute brief that includes only five slides. Students present their slides and also provide peer-feedback for each other’s presentations, focusing on evidence and clarity of discussion.