1 - Future Cities

In this unit the students will explore what is happening to the world’s cities by examining how global interactions affect demographic change. 

They will examine the causes, consequences and management of several common urban issues including slums, pollution, congestion, density dependent diseases, energy, food and water supply, and discuss the concepts of power and disparities in relation to these issues. 

Finally, they will construct a model of a utopian future city as part of a research project into sustainable futures.


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Key Concept

Global Interactions -  Do increased levels of global interactions make cities less sustainable? Can global interactions ever be positive for cities?



Related Concepts

Power - Who holds the power to make changes to cities?

Disparities - What disparities are created in cities due to migration? Can the disparities be reduced?

Sustainability - Can cities become more sustainable in terms of the waste, energy, infrastructure etc?



Global Context

Globalisation and Sustainability - As global populations continue to increase how can we make our living environment more sustainable?




Statements of Inquiry

Increasing global interactions concentrate more power in cities which can cause unsustainable growth, and increase disparities



Inquiry Questions


 Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topicsConceptual Questions: Analysing big ideas Debatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories 
  • What is happening to the world’s cities?

  • What factors does a city need to be sustainable?

  • What are the different urban land use models?

  • What are the different models of migration?

  • What are the push and pull factors?

  • How sustainable are modern cities? (environmental, social and economic sustainability)
  • How should we build the cities of the future?



Unit Outlines and AtL Sheets

2017 2018 Future Cities Year 11 Individuals and Societies -

Future Cities Unit Outline Sheet

2017-18 Future Cities - Year 11 - Individuals and Societies - Approaches to Learning Grid

Future Cities AtL Sheet