2 - Under Pressure - Resources

Key Concept

Change - how has the change in population size impacted how resources are used?

Related Concepts

Causality, Networks and Sustainability - how has resource consumption changed over time? Can our current consumption of resources be maintained?

Global Context

Scientific and Technological Innovation - Can the human race continue to react positively to the rise in population?

Statement of Inquiry

Population change has created a system in which scientific innovation is crucial to prevent disaster.

Inquiry Questions

Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics

Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideas

Debatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories

  • What factors form the basis of neo-Malthusian and Boserup's theories of resource consumption?
  • Can resources be categorised?
  • What is malnourishment and what conditions create an environment in which people are malnourished?
  • What is the relationship between population and resources?
  • 'The catastrophe of Easter Island will happen again today.' Discuss.