The Topics

Introducing The Topics

This current ESS curriculum is for first teaching in September 2015 and was prepared from about 2011-2013 by a group of educators from around the world each bringing a different perspective on the course. The course hasn't changed greatly but is updated and remains flexible for teaching to your local setting. One important idea during the curriculum review was to try and make explicit parts of the course which were previously a little hidden and required experience of the exams. In these sections of the website we will provide teaching resources, notes and ideas. You could also use it as an interactive textbook with students. Our own students really like using it for their review.

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Topic 8: Human systems and resource use 16 February 2019

In the first year teaching the new guide I taught sub-topic 1.4 first combining it with sub-topic 8.1. This year I am going...
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Topic 7: Climate change and energy production 16 February 2019

This topic has been greatly updated and has moved from "the issue of global warming" to a much more integrated approach...
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Topic 6: Atmospheric Systems & Societies 16 February 2019

In comparison to the 2010 ESS Guide this topic is largely a sub-set of the old topic 5 on pollution. I like the inclusion...
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Topic 5: Soil systems, terrestrial food production 16 February 2019

With the rise of veganism and recent reports from the Lancet commission and Oxford University , this part of the course...
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Topic 4: Aquatic Systems 16 February 2019

This is a new emphasis in the course, requiring the study of aquatic food production systems. They have regularly been included...
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Topic 3: Biodiversity and Conservation 16 February 2019

Students tend to really enjoy this topic but that may reflect my own interest in the topic. I find that students are engaged...
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