Sustainable Futures explores the myriad of possibilities for humanities and the planet’s future. Students explore possible futures from a number of perspectives, principally by looking at current situations and how creativity, information and technology can bring about a more sustainable future. Students use data and modelling to investigate some possible futures; and beyond this how creativity and technology can help us to overcome the limitations of modelling. Students should be inspired to take action in their lives and thereby contribute to a healthy, equitable and sustainable future for all.
Sustainable Futures is a powerful combination of mathematics, history, environmental science, biology, chemistry, language and literacy.
There is an overarching idea that guides the curriculum delivered in Sustainable Futures – Fight For Your Future.
The Sustainable Futures 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 Sustainable Futures include:
- How the environment, biological systems and diversity are integral to a Sustainable Future
- Exploring the driving forces of sustainability
- Understanding that unlimited growth is unsustainable
- Using exponential and logarithmic functions in various contexts
- Developing and applying models to analyse, plan and predict plausible futures
- Experimenting with text conventions and language features to develop a narrative text
- Analysing the relationships between texts
- Investigating significant events and campaigns in the Australian environmental movement between 1960 and the present
- Recognising that humans and their natural environment are closely interrelated
- Understanding the importance of cycles such as the hydrological and carbon cycles
- Exploring how culture, politics and ethics impact on attitudes, ideas and actions
- Writing chemical equations
- Undertaking stoichiometric calculations
- Taking action to affect change
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 Sustainable Futures Central Study is offered as part of a Year 10 or Stage 1 Scientific Studies (20 credits) and additionally part of Year 10 or Stage 1 English/EALD (10 credits) and also part of Year 10 or Stage 1 Mathematics Essentials (10 credits).