2 - Under Pressure - Resources

This unit will explore how the key resources of food, water and energy are becoming increasingly under pressure due to the rise of the middle classes and a growth in the global population.

In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace.

Wangari Maathai

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

  • 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?

Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideas


  • What is the relationship between population and resources?

Debatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories

  • 'The catastrophe of Easter Island will happen again today.' Discuss.

Unit Outlines and AtL Sheets for Under Pressure - Resources

2018-19 Year 10 Individuals and Societies - Under Pressure - Resources
2018-19 Under Pressure - Resources - Year 10 - Individuals and Societies - Approaches to Learning Grid