001 - Variations in Health

Syllabus Point

Describe (AO1) the variations in health as reflected by changes in life expectancy at national and global scales since 1950.

Explain (AO2) the patterns and trends in terms of differences in income and lifestyle.

Terminology to Define

  • Describe
  • Life Expectancy
  • Patterns
  • Change

Define the words above using the 'Command Word' posters in the classroom and the 'Geography Course Companion' text book by Nagle and Cooke.

Activity One - How long are you expected to live?


Complete the test and see how old you are expected to live - Life Expectancy Test - write your answer on the A4 white board.

  1. What variables effect life expectancy?
  2. Explain your answers.

Activity Two - Skill

  • Describe the graph on page 257 of the text book ´Geography Course Companion´ by Nagle and Cooke.
    • Discussion point
        • Why is it important to use data in your written answers?
        • How can data ´misinform´ the reader?

Activity Three - Research

  • Find the life expectancy for an MEDC, NIC and a LEDC. The following links will help you.
    • Discussion point
        • What factors impact life expectancy?
        • Do your countries fit in to the ´norm´?
        • Can there be variations within a country and why may this happen?

Activity Four - View

  1. What do we die of? Does this differ from your country of origin? Try and explain your answer.

Exam Style Question

Explain the patterns of health across the world in terms of differences of income. (4 marks)