Corporate gaffes

In class, we have been discussing corporate social responsibility and the different things corporations can do to improve their image in the eyes of consumers.

You should already have a company profile completed for your chosen TNC! Make sure it is done. Today, you will investigate a corporation’s reaction to a major gaffe.

A gaffe is a problem or embarrassing situation that the company has caused to people or the environment and it is made public.


1: Find the gaffe (problem that the company created; such as using a sweatshop, causing environmental damage) that has received national or international media attention.

2: Describe the timeline and the gaffe

3: Describe the immediate reaction to the gaffe: public response, negative stories in the press or internet, drop in sales, lawsuits, etc.

4: Do you think that the company responded well. Give two reasons why you think so.

Assessment: Criterion A & B

Due date: Tuesday 13th October – we will share our gaffes. Put link to your gaffes on this doc.



Please go to chapter 2 from ‘Planet Geography. Read from ‘Characteristics of LEDCs on pages63 – stop at the top of page 71 and then answer questions 2 & 3. Due next lesson.

Gender inequality essay

Grade 11 IBDP Geography – Research Essay

Gender and Change

Examine the evidence of gender inequality in the 21st century ” Discuss. ( 15 marks ) 

The essay must:

    • have between 1200 and 1600 words
    • be typed
    • 1.5 spacing
    • have an appropriate structure
      1. introduction
      2. appropriate paragraphing
      3. transitions
      4. conclusion
    • have in-text referencing
    • a bibliography
  1. You will have 2 class periods to work on this task. Plus homework time over a weekend. No other homework will be allocated for Geography up to the submission date.
  2. The essay is due on Tuesday Oct  6th 2015

Part 2 beach study

For the next few classes you will work on PART 2 – graphing results, analysis, conclusion and evaluation of your results. – This is due on 12th October.

Please use clear headings for these sections..


First you will graph your data in order to analyse your findings

* Note – Graphs can be computer generated or done by hand and must titled, referred to and be integrated into the text, where you talk about them. You should use a variety of suitable graph to display data. They must be clear, have labelled/numbered axis and titled.


Write up your analysis under the headings of each Hypotheses. You will state what we expected with reference to our studies on coastal processes and landforms. You will analyse ( describe and explain ) the data you collected with regard to the expectations of a destructive beach, and state whether or not you have proved or disproved each Hypothesis.


  1. The beach gradient is steeper towards the back of the beach


Create a beach profile by graphing the angle of slope from each quadrat of your transect and analyse this bearing in mind what we know about a destructive profile ( use class averages )


  1. Beach material will be larger and more angular towards the back of the beach


Create 1 graph  to illustrate your findings for type, roundness and size and analyse what you found. ( use class averages )


  1. The waves will be high ( 1 metre or more ) and frequent ( more than 12 per minute )

Using a table to illustrate the data and graph the 2 class averages..


  1. There will be a strong longshore drift

Analyse your findings referring to prevailing wind, direction of movement  and time taken for any movement of material over 10m. If it is over 20m per minute then it is considered strong.


  1. There is natural evidence (erosional landforms) and evidence of
  2. Mitigation (man-made defences) which illustrate that show the beach is being destroyed.


Using a field sketch and the observational notes you made as well as photographs present any evidence of the above. Use lots of photos and be creative here. Annotate your photographs to show what they illustrate.

Be as creative as you want when illustrating all of your work!



Sum up what you found. Are your hypotheses mainly proven or disproven?  Based on the summary of your findings you will conclude and give your answer to the question

“ Is the beach at Kamakura Kokomae a destructive beach?”



Briefly evaluate the methods and suggest how the study might be improved or extended.


TSC for this  A, C & D

Due Monday 12th Oct

Product map.

Part 1: Annotated Map of a product

Choose one product with a minimum number of components ( eg: a specific sneaker model, chocolate, a lipstick, chopsticks, etc.) and create an annotated map showing where the material used in the product is from, where the  parts were made and where it was assembled. Annotations must be 10-15 words, explaining WHAT the part is and HOW it is produced. Minimum of 12 annotations should be included and all annotations should be cited.


Your map must include:

  • The company headquarters
  • at least 3 raw materials and their origin
  • at least two assembly factories
  • where do they sell products? which countries? continents? or is it worldwide?
  • At least two distribution centers
  • At least 4 transportation routes
  • A key
  • A title


-ComicLife can be used or you can hand write the annotations.

-Your map must include, color, a title and a key

Useful links product cycle – supply chain management

DUE MONDAY…we will put the maps on coloured card and display in the first period of Monday’s lesson. Please make them neat and colourful. 




You have presented your business idea and should now reflect upon this. On Monday’s class ( Sept 28th ) you will write a short reflection, with your partner on how you felt about your pitch and your business idea – Is there any aspect of the product or business pitch you would improve or change if you were to do it again. This is only a short reflection – 25o words max, which you will do in class.

Beach study introduction

Today’s class we will be working on your Method

Method – explain how you conducted the surveys with brief justification ( say why you used that method ) – use lots of photographs. You can even use excerpts from the classification sheets and recording sheets if you want. It must be clear ad explicit. I suggest you do a method for each hypothesis. 

Your INTRODUCTION and METHOD should be complete by the end of Thursday’s lesson and will be submitted on Monday 28th Sept.

Your homework for the weekend is to graph the beach profile and the wave height and frequency.