In Biodiversity students will explore the origin, development and diversity of life on planet Earth. There is a particular focus on the understanding of these events in relation to geological events that influenced or were influenced by them. Students will explore the structure of healthy ecosystems and explore human impact on them. Biodiversity is underpinned by a philosophical basis where students explore the issues in the topics above using a range of philosophical frameworks.
Biodiversity is a powerful combination of ecology, biology, geology, geography, philosophy, genetics and literacy. The teaching program has 5 sessions of 100min each per week. Students will be required to undertake regular homework to consolidate class work.
There is a fertile question that guides the curriculum delivered in Biodiversity. The fertile question is: Should humanity control diversity?
The Biodiversity curriculum has been developed in a flexible way to provide the opportunity for students to make choices about their own learning needs. There are key objectives and requirements that all students are expected to meet that are evident in all curriculum choices.
Concepts covered in Biodiversity include:
- Scientific Investigations; their design, performance and reporting
- Analysis and production of documentary film texts
This course is a part of the ASMS Central Study curriculum. All students study it as part of the 2-year Central Study Curriculum. The curriculum is designed to develop students that are able to be successful in a range of pathways beyond school and as successful 21st-century learners both during their time at the ASMS and beyond.
The Biodiversity Central Study is offered as Year 10 or Stage 1 Scientific Studies (10 credits) as well as part of Year 10 or Stage 1 English/EALD (10 credits) and Stage 1 Philosophy (10 credits).