Unit B6: Urban Environments

Intro to B6:

This PowerPoint is NOT in the library but tells you what is involved and where to find the information:


Lesson 1 What is urbanisation?

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What is urbanisation?
  • What is suburbanisation and counter-urbanisation
  • What are mega-cities and where do you find them?
  • What are primate cities?
PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:

Textbook pages: Pages 145 to 152 which includes 6.1 - 6.3 sections
Textbook wiki links:
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.1.Urbanisation
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.2.+Urbanisation+and+mega-cities
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.3.+Rapid+urbanisation

Lesson 2 Urban Patterns

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What are mega-cities and where do you find them?
  • What are primate cities? ( these 1st 2 are from the PP in week 1)
  • How does the landuse of cities organised within its boundaries?

PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:
Textbook wiki links
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.2.+Urbanisation+and+mega-cities
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.4+Urban+land+use+functions+

Link to Zondle log-in for Y11GeUB6.2


Lesson 3 Manchester Case study

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • How is land use segregated in Manchester by economic value?
  • How is land use segregated in Manchester by ethnicity?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of segregation?

PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:

Textbook links:sections 6.5 - 6.7 and 6.9 [pages154 - 159 and 166 - 169]
Textbook wiki links

http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.4+Urban+land+use+functions+
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.5+Reasons+for+and+consequences+of+segregation++between+groups
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/Manchester+Resources

Link to the map of Manchester

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?hl=en&ie=UTF8&msa=0&msid=114294639013811556926.00046fa36e0cfa8e7cc73&z=12

Link to Zondle log-in for Y11GeUB6.3 Manchester

Lesson 4: Shanty Towns - the problem

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What are shanty towns?
  • What are the problems with shanty towns
  • What is Kibera like?

PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:
Textbook pages: Sections 6.4 and 6.7 - pages 152, 153, 159 & 160
This is a good example - how a locally managed scheme provides heat for cooking, baking beads for sale and hot water from rubbish. In addition, organic matter is used for sack gardens. People collect the rubbish and in exchange get free use of heat,


Extras: Homework:
All of these, put into google got some interesting results
kibera microfinance
kibera housing
kibera water supplies
kibera sanitation
kibera sanitation video
kibera healthcare
kibera job training
kibera food programme
Also this has 7 articles about Kibera: http://lindym.wordpress.com/category/kibera/
And
http://www.kibera.org.uk/Facts.html this one gives you a good picture of the issues that need tackling
http://www.mojamoja.org/kibera.htm - this one gives interesting insight as well as some more information
Textbook wiki links
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.6+All+about+Shanty+towns

Lesson 5: Solving problems in Shanty towns

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • How is housing being tackled in Kibera?
  • How are water and sanitation being tackled in Kibera?
  • What are the other improvements being made to Kibera
PowerPoint: At last!
Class notes:
Homework:
Textbook and wiki links:
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.6+All+about+Shanty+towns
Do look at the videos at the bottom of the page if you want more inspiration
Also: http://lindym.wordpress.com/2011/10/06/another-great-scheme-for-kibera-fro-practical-action/

Lovely animated film that tells about Tabitha Clinic
http://vimeo.com/unccgi/power26





Lesson 6: Fieldwork practices in Urban geography

Objectives: to answer the following questions
  • What are the details are carry out a landuse transect?
  • What is an environmental survey?
  • How do you carry out an environmental survey?

PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework:
Help with the homework:
The CD that goes with the textbook had sections on each practical section - including one for B6 -
IF YOU DO NOT HAVE IT let me know as I have ways of getting it to you!
From the textbook wiki:
http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6.10.+Measure+environmental+quality+%26land+use%3F

Great environmental quality surveys: http://newigcsenotes.wikispaces.com/Top+Homeworks


Lesson 7 : Changes in HIC cities

Objectives: to answer the following questions

  • What is the rural urban fringe?
  • What are the arguments in the greenfield-brownfield debate?
  • What happens in big regional shopping centres?

PowerPoint:
Class notes:
Homework: Revision only this week
LINKS:
Wiki-textbook: http://ih-igcse-geography.wikispaces.com/6+Urban+environments
Official textbook: 6.8 Changes on the edges of HIC cities - pages 161 -165

For the last part of this homework - although it does not say so - you do need to include examples of places. The very best solution would be to cite examples from near where you live - if you are UK bases - of greenfield development and or alternatives where brownfield sites were redeveloped instead. Ask your parents for thoughts on this. Also remember you can be moderately economical with the truth as the details of local issues are highly unlikely to be familiar to examiners, so what you say, provided it sounds logical will be acceptable.
However if you live somewhere where this really is beyond the pale, I am looking up a few sites which you could use.
This is a good one, based on greenfield development in and around Cardiff:
http://yourcardiff.walesonline.co.uk/2011/01/17/debate-reignites-about-where-to-build-in-cardiff/

And here is a document that shows the various views of the approach by Tesco to a small town in Wales, Machynlleth - looks like the town is the winner - for now - but read the final part and Tesco does not really behave like a looser!.

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