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AS World Development

AS World Development is a relatively new course being taught within the Geography department at Homewood School, it is a popular option for those students completing A2 Geography in Year 12 but also for some students who want to have a break from Geography after GCSE and opt for the course in Year 11.

Students are assessed through a Portfolio which they compile over the year which consists of three analysed articles (theme 1) and one comparison essay (theme 2). The portfolio contributes 30% to the students’ overall grade.

The remaining 70% is assessed through a public examination which is sat at the end of the one year course. Throughout the course, students will study two themes.

Theme 1 – Development, Resources and Global Citizenship

Theme 2 – Poverty and Inequality

In theme 1 students explore the issue of human basic needs, and the reasons why in some places in the world these are not being met, also the impact that resource exploitation has socially, environmentally and economically. Students also study a range of management strategies used to manage natural resources and how they differ in their approach to sustainable development.

In theme 2 students research and explore the reasons for why people are living in poverty and experiencing inequality. Students debate the usefulness of the range of definitions of poverty and look at the wide range it is measured in. A range of social groups are studied looking at their experiences of inequality – for example the Australian Aborigines and the Dalits in India. The unit concludes with ways in which poverty and inequality are being addressed in a range of countries.