5 - Oceans

This unit investigates what oceans are, how humans have exploited the oceans as a resource and whether they can truly be managed sustainability. The Sustainable Development Goals will be introduced in terms of life under water.

Key Concept

Change - How has the human impact on the oceans changed over time?

Related Concepts

Power and Processes - Who own's the ocean? Does having control over aspects of the ocean create a process of change? What processes occur within an ocean environment?

Global Context

Scientific and technological innovation - How have technological advances impact the ocean environment?

Statement of Inquiry

Humans have power over the oceans to create local and global changes.

Inquiry Questions

Factual Questions: Remembering facts and topics

  • What are oceans?
  • What are the different ocean characteristics?

Conceptual Questions: Analysing big ideas


  • Are humans reliant on oceans for survival?
  • How can oceans and the resources they contain ever be used sustainably?

Debatable Questions: Evaluating perspectives and developing theories

  • Who own's the oceans?