In this course, students will address the challenge of creating a more sustainable and equitable world. They will explore issues involving a wide range of topics, including economic disparities, threats to the environment, globalization, human rights, and quality of life, and will analyze government policies, international agreements, and individual responsibilities relating to them. Students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process, including the use of spatial technologies, to investigate these complex issues and their impacts on natural and human communities around the world.
The course runs for a total of 110 hours. The lessons outlined below are all structured for 100 minutes of instruction time, unless otherwise stated.
The 110 hours also includes additional time that may be allocated for assignments, tests and the independent study unit, at the teacher’s discretion.
The first and second lesson are free! Then individual lessons are priced at $5 or the whole course at $75. If you buy individual lessons then decide to buy the whole course, make your purchase, contact us, and we will refund the individuals.
- Introduction Materials
- First Day Handout [see whole course resources below]
- Independent Study Unit [see whole course resources below]
- Unit 1 – Global Population: Students will begin looking at current trends in global population. Students will learn the views of population theories, how to interpret and construct population pyramids, analyse the demographic transition model, assess how countries have responded to population challenges, and investigate issues pertaining to migration.
- Lesson 1 – Introduction to Population (Free)
- Lesson 2 – Population Trends (Free)
- Lesson 3 – Population Pyramids
- Lesson 4 – The Demographic Transition Model
- Lesson 5 – Population Theories
- Lesson 6 – Population Policies | Overpopulation
- Lesson 7 – Population Policies | Ageing Populations
- Lesson 8 – Migration Trends
- Lesson 9 – Migration | Mexico to the USA
- Lesson 10 – Migration | The European Migrant Crisis 2014
- Unit 2 – Global Disparities: Students will investigate how to measure global and regional disparities, current global trends in disparities, how global organisations are trying to address these disparities, and what we can do reduce economic, health and gender inequalities.
- Lesson 1 – Introduction to Global Disparities
- Lesson 2 – Measuring Global Disparities | The HDI
- Lesson 3 – Measuring Global Disparities | The Lorenz Curve
- Lesson 4 – What is Sustainable Development?
- Lesson 5 – The Sustainable Development Goals
- Lesson 6 – Reducing Global Economic Inequalities
- Lesson 7 – Reducing Global Gender Inequalities
- Lesson 8 – Reducing Global Health Inequalities
- Lesson 9 – Urbanisation
- Lesson 10 – Sustainable Urban Design
- Unit 3 – Health and Disease: Students will investigate current trends in global disease, including how to measure global disease patterns and the different transmission routes of diseases. Students will also investigate examples of communicable and non-communicable disease, including causes, impacts and responses. Finally, students will investigate issues regarding water and sanitation and the importance of this for human health.
- Lesson 1 – Measuring Health
- Lesson 2 – Transmission of Disease
- Lesson 3 – Communicable Diseases
- Lesson 4 – Communicable Diseases | Indepth Study | COVID-19
- Lesson 5 – Communicable Diseases | Indepth Study | AIDS/HIV
- Lesson 6 – Non-Communicable Diseases
- Lesson 7 – Non-Communicable Diseases | Indepth Study | Diabetes
- Lesson 8 – Water and Sanitation
- Lesson 9 – Water Insecurity and Well-being
- Lesson 10 – Hydropolitics
- Unit 4 – Geopolitics: Students will investigate current and historical trends in geopolitics, including both global and national examples of genocides. Students will investigate the causes, impacts and responses to a range of contemporary global conflicts.
- Lesson 1 – Introduction to Geopolitics
- Lesson 2 – Causes of Conflict
- Lesson 3 – Genocide
- Lesson 4 – Genocide in Canada
- Lesson 5 – Terrorism
- Lesson 6 – Global Conflicts | Indepth Study | Conflict Diamonds
- Lesson 7 – Global Conflicts | Indepth Study | Syria
- Lesson 8 – Global Conflicts | Indepth Study | Sudan
- Lesson 9 – Human Rights
- Lesson 10 – Women’s Rights
- Unit 5 – Resource Consumption: Students will learn about current global trends regarding energy security, trends in energy supply and demand, risks to energy security, how countries are exploring the use of new energy resources to meet their needs, and sustainable energy policies.
- Lesson 1 – Introduction to Global Energy Security
- Lesson 2 – Impacts of Energy Insecurity
- Lesson 3 – Trends in Supply and Demand
- Lesson 4 – Risks to Energy Security
- Lesson 5 – Energy Infrastructure and Supply Pathways
- Lesson 6 – Exploration for New Energy
- Lesson 7 – Energy Players
- Lesson 8 – Future Uncertainties and Responses
- Lesson 9 – Radical Policies and Sustainability
- Lesson 10 – Resource Consumption Review
Available within the relevant lessons:
- Assignment 1.1 Populations and Demographic Change
- Assignment 1.2 Migration Essay
- Assignment 1.3 Populations and Migration
- Assignment 2.1 Zimbabwe Disparities
- Assignment 2.2 Sustainable Development Goals
- Assignment 2.3 Urbanisation Debate
- Assignment 3.1 Types of Disease
- Assignment 3.2 Water Conflicts
- Assignment 4.1 Contemporary Geopolitics
- Assignment 4.2 Terrorism Debate
- Assignment 5.1 Canada’s Energy Pathways
- Assignment 5.2 Energy Production Hotspots
Available within the relevant lessons:
- Review Sheet
- Exam Outline
- A final exam is available upon request; contact us.