Month: June 2016

IB 11: Managemen Strategies

The IB guide reads:

  • Discuss the conflicts that arise from competing land uses and from attempts to manage coastal hazards (tsunamis and storm surges, erosion, cliff failure), pollution, habitat restoration and aquaculture.
  • Case study: Describe the conflicting pressures on a particular coastline.
    • Discuss the management strategies adopted to resolve these pressures and evaluate their effectiveness.

Homework read one of these articles:

  1. US Cities Lag in Race against Rising Seas
  2. This Sinking Isle
  3. Slip Sliding Away (Spring Break HW)

Also, read Codrington p. 237 to 267

Your case study is the Outer Banks of South Carolina


Make sure you have detailed notes on the Outer Banks and all parts of this blogpost stemming from your readings, blog exercises AND class discussions.

  • Using this PPT
  • Make sure you class notes to include definitions of
    • and use
    • natural threats
    • coastal management strategies

Part 1:

In teams,  you will read one of the following articles and explain how the competing land uses has lead to conflict, and evaluate  the attempts made to manage the issue.

Coastal Hazards: Sand Dune May Lose Part Of Its Top As Rustic Goes Chic

Pollution: Fishers still angry about 2010 BP oil spill

Habitat Restoration: Fishermen turned tourist guide

Aquaculture: The salmon business: Can marine farming ever be eco friendly?

Share your findings with the class.

Part 2

  • Discuss the conflicts that arise from competing land uses
  • What attempts have been made to manage coastal hazards?

Relevant for part 3 CS:

Part 3: Summative assessment. This will be your case study for the Management Strategies section. 

Read Codrington p. 260-267 (management strategies)


p. 262 Block 6N

  • #1 [4]
  • #2 [5]

p.267 Block 6O,

  • #1 [3]
  • #2 [3]
  • #3 {2+2+2]
Then, answer the following questions. You will be graded using the IB markscheme and rubric.

a) Using this map evidence, explain one likely conflict between types of human activity in: [2×3 marks]

  • (i) Area A,
  • (ii) Area B
(b) Explain two conflicts that could arise from attempts to manage cliff failure. [3+3]
 c) Discuss the conflicts that occur from attempts to manage coastal hazards. [10 marks]
Due Thursday June 16

InS 8: Improving our urban environment

We have been discussing the role of cities today, as well as their many benefits and drawbacks. We read about Osaka and how they are trying to address some of the problems they are facing while trying to make the lives of their citizens better. 8B 8C

Part 1:

Today we will be looking at initiatives (technological, political, infrastructure, education etc)  worldwide being done to either improve urban life or address an urban problem.


  • What are the main problems of cities? MEDC and LEDC?
  • What are the main problems in Yokohama and/or Tokyo?
  • Do you know of any initiatives being done in Yokohama or Tokyo?

In groups:

  • Research one initiative being done addressing one of the following problems.
  • You will present the project as well as evaluate its effectiveness in addressing the problem.
    • Traffic in LEDC
    • Traffic in MEDC
    • Pollution in MEDC
    • Pollution in LEDC
    • Crime
    • Homelessness
    • Physical fittness
    • Waste Management
    • Water quality
    • Population growth
    • Poverty
    • Inequality (gender, ethnic, etc)
    • Any other issue (with teacher consent)


Part 2: Find a Solution

In groups, you will design a solution to an urban problem facing a specific city. 

Your design can be technological, legal, infrastructure, education, anything that you can think of. Money is not an issue.

You will need to:

  • Define the problem in the context of your city.
  • Create a design plan to your invention following each step of the MYP design cycle
    • Include: Explain and justify the need
    • Analysis of existing product
    • Product design and sketch
  • Once this is complete and accepted by Mr McKeown, you will create a visual representation of your design, in any way you see fit (minecraft, 3D imaging, cardboard model, drawing, blueprint etc)
  • You will finally present your project to the class on:
    • 8B: Monday June 13
    • 8C: Tuesday June 14


IB11: Senkaku shoto or Diaoyudao? The Geopolitics of Oceans

IB Outcomes:

  • Discuss the sovereignty rights of nations in relation to territorial limits and exclusive economic zones (EEZ).
  • Examine a geopolitical conflict in relation to an oceanic resource, other than fishing.

The Dispute: 

In your table groups or individually, make a copy of this google doc and complete it together using first the 2 sources, and then the video.



IB Style Questions:

1. What rights and responsibilities does a country posses when it has sovereignty over an area of ocean? [5]

2. Explain two differences between sovereignty rights and EEZs. [2+2]

Choose 1:

3. Choose a current (ongoing) geopolitical conflict over an ocean resource that is not fishing. Describe the conflict and its implications and then suggest a realistic solution to the conflict. [10]


3. “Geopolitical conflicts over oceans, including their resources, will only get worse in the future.” Discuss this statement. [10] (m15-3c)

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