PAPER 3: THE SYNOPTIC INVESTIGATION (20% of final A level..)
PAPER 3: THE SYNOPTIC INVESTIGATION (20% of final A level..) SYNOPTICITY!! BE SYNOPTIC.. ..the ability to draw on the understanding of the whole specification so as to think like a geographer!............ How to be Synoptic: Being able to think like a geographer is a real skill. The examiner doesnt just want facts here He wants you to be able to draw upon many aspects of the subject. This is complex. How many different aspects of geography can you think of?
SYNOPTICITY?! Environmental aspects cultural differences Different levels of economic development/wealth(LEDC/MEDC) Psychological aspects, attitudes and values consequences of decision making Differences over space and time
SPEED Try this... Social Political Economic Environmental Development If you include all of these aspects in your essay youve been synoptic.. HORIZONPROGRAMME HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN LIVE ON OUR PLANET?
https://vimeo.com/93670368 SYNOPTIC LESSON : DAVID ATTENBURGH: TASK: WATCH THE FILM AND AS YOU WATCH IT WRITE DOWN HOW MANY DIFFERENT GEOGRAPHICAL LINKS ARE BEING MADE. EACH GEOGRAPHICAL LINK IS HELPING YOU TO UNDERSTAND WHAT SYNOPTICITY ACTUALLY MEANS. Overview of AOur A level specification level Geography Assessment overview Paper 1 - 30% of qualification Assessing topics 1, 2, 5, 6 and 7 and geographical skills Paper 2 - 30% of qualification Assessing topics 3, 4, 8 and 9 and geographical skills
2 hours and 15 minutes 2 hours and 15 minutes 105 marks 105 marks Paper 3 - 20% of qualification Synoptic Investigation 2 hours and 15 minutes
70 marks Coursework - 20% of the qual. Independent Investigation Internally assessed, externally moderated written report (30004000 words) 70 marks THE SYNOPTIC PAPER 3 WILL DRAW ON KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING FROM DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE COURSE AND WILL CONTAIN QUESTIONS FROM TWO OR MORE OF THE COMPULSORY CONTENT AREAS: The
1)TECTONIC PROCESSES AND HAZARDS 2)THE WATER CYCLE AND WATER INSECURITY 3)THE CARBON CYCLE AND ENERGY SECURITY SYNOPTIC THEMES WITHIN THE COMPULSORY SYSYNOPTIC AREAS: These themes incorporate specialist geographical concepts, namely: causality, systems, feedback, inequality, identity, globalisation, interdependence, mitigation and adaptation, sustainability, risk, resilience and thresholds. THREE SYNOPTIC THEMES WHICH RUN THROUGH EACH COMPULSORY TOPIC ARE :
3. Synoptic themes Players (P) Attitudes and actions (A) Futures and uncertainties (F) 1. Tectonic Processes and Hazards Local and national governance. Roles of scientists, planners, engineers, NGOs & engineers 2. Globalisation WTO, IMF, World Bank, EU,
ASEAN, govts. (economic liberalisation, attracting FDI), TNCs Opportunities for disadvantaged groups 3. The Water Cycle & Water Insecurity Role of planners (managing land use) Various players in trans-boundary and internal conflicts Contrasting attitudes to water
supply (e.g. smart irrigation, water recycling mega dams) Projections of future drought/flood risk Projections of future water scarcity 4. The Carbon Cycle & Energy Insecurity Role of TNCs, OPEC, consumers, governments Role of business in developing reserves vs. environmental groups & affected communities Attitudes of global consumers to environmental issues
Attitudes of different countries, TNCs and people Uncertainty of global projections 5. Superpowers Role of TNCs in maintaining power and wealth Role of powerful countries as global police Role of emerging powers Pro- and anti-globalisation Environmental movement Pro- and anti-immigration Actions of NGOs and pressure groups Actions and attitudes of global
IGOs, different countries Attitudes in relation to resources Contrasting cultural ideologies Environmental consequences of resource consumption Uncertainty over future power structures 3. Synoptic themes At A level , these synoptic themes will prepare students for Paper 3 which typically includes 8 mark, 18 mark and 24 mark extended writing questions.
p.146-156 in the Alevel SAMs A-level synoptic Qs: Paper 3 Paper 3 is a synoptic investigation that will link explicitly and/or implicitly to these synoptic themes (see p. 9 of the A-level spec) The synoptic themes should be integrated into your teaching to prepare students for the style of questions in Paper 3 Watch: The Millennium Development Goals https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5giOGjj5X8 (what we met and missed)
TASK 1.Read the Topic Eye article Delivering the MDGs to sub- Saharan Africa. 2.Pick out the main points in the article. Look at the graphs and tables What do they show? 3. Answer the questions that follow in the booklet.
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