Urban Development and the Environment

Tamara Babulski, History, Independence High

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


The topic that my AP Human Geography unit is centered around is: “the role of climate change and environmental abuses in shaping the human landscapes on Earth.” The goal in AP Human Geography is for students to become more geoliterate, more engaged in contemporary global issues, and more informed about multicultural viewpoints. They develop skills in approaching problems geographically, using maps and geospatial technologies, thinking critically about texts and graphic images, interpreting cultural landscapes, and applying geographic concepts such as scale, region, diffusion, interdependence, and spatial interaction, among others. This curriculum unit addresses three areas are the study of urban patterns. First, students will gain skills that will help them keep all of the urban patterns straight. Second, students will gain a deeper understanding of how cities function as a single entity while sharing common patterns and concerns with nearby urban areas. Third, students will develop an urban plan where they combine patterns, processes, and environmental concerns that affect all cities. This curriculum unit will help students see geography as a discipline relevant to the world in which they live; as a source of ideas for identifying, clarifying, and solving problems at various scales; and as a key component of building global citizenship and environmental stewardship.