Students learn to: investigate and communicate geographically by • asking and addressing geographical questions such as – what are the challenges of living in mega cities? – what is a world city and why are they so important? – what will the city be like in the future? use geographical skills and tools such as • calculating population density using maps of a large city • constructing a transect to show land use change in a local area • describing patterns, linkages, networks and change, using maps of large cities and other urban areas • constructing and interpreting choropleth maps • synthesising and evaluating fieldwork data about the dynamics of change in a country town or suburb • interpreting trends from logarithmic and semilogarithmic data about the growth of mega cities • analysing population pyramid data to investigate the implications on health and social issues of a rapidly growing city • calculating the time of day when a photograph was taken and relating a photo to a map of a streetscape. identify geographical methods applicable to and useful in the workplace such as • using GIS, satellite imagery and aerial photography • analysing maps including topographic, cadastral and land use maps • collecting and analysing urban field data • the relevance of a geographical understanding of urban places to a particular vocation such as: urban and regional planning, designing effective city infrastructure, planning the delivery of social services, monitoring environmental quality and sustainability, preserving heritage sites.
Rates of Urbanisation: - More and more people are attracted to city centres globally. - Two centuries ago less than 5% of the world’s population lived in cities and towns. Today that figure approaches 50%. - The number of cities with a population over 1 million has increased from 2 in 1850, to 109 in 1970, and is expected to be 380 in 2010. Urbanisation: Future State 2030 Infographic
World City: a city that has global and national significance Mega city: a very large agglomeration of at least 10 million people Urbanisation: an increase in the proportion of a country’s population living in urban areas.