In this course, students will explore physical processes related to the earth’s water, land, and air. They will investigate how these processes shape the planet’s natural characteristics and affect human systems, how they are involved in the creation of natural disasters, and how they influence the impacts of human disasters. Throughout the course, students will apply the concepts of geographic thinking and the geographic inquiry process and use spatial technologies to analyse these processes, make predictions related to natural disasters, and assess ways of responding to them.
Forces of Nature: Physical Processes and Disasters
Course Code: CGF3M
Course Type: University/College
Prerequisite: Issues in Canadian Geography, Grade 9, Academic or Applied
Credit Value: 1
Unit 1: Spheres of the Earth
Students will begin looking at physical characteristics of the Earth, describing the spatial distribution of the earth’s physical features and the processes that form them while looking at the characteristics of different types of natural hazards.
Unit 2 – Sustainability and Stewardship
Students will study how human activities shape the physical environment and analyse the influence of physical processes and features on human activity.
Unit 3 – Interaction and interdependence
Students will analyse analyse issues relating to natural and human impacts on the environment and sharing of natural resources between population groups while looking at how this impacts natural disasters.
Unit 4 – Impacts of Change
Students will describe how the earth’s natural systems change, and have changed, over various time scales, and explain some of the processes that cause these changes while assessing the role and effectiveness of various options for reducing the impacts of disasters on human population