Chapter 5: Sustainable Development

Enduring Understanding

  • The Industrial Revolution, as it diffused from its hearth, facilitated improvements in standards of living.
  • Measures of development are used to understand patterns of social and economic differences at a variety of scales.
  • Development is a process that varies across space and time.
  • Sustainable development is a strategy to address resource depletion and environmental degradation.

Inquiry Questions

  • Where did the Industrial Revolution begin and how did it diffuse?
  • How have the character and geography of industrial production changed?
  • How have service industries altered global economic activity?
  • How is development defined and measured?
  • How does geographical situation affect development?
  • What are the barriers to and the costs of economic development?
  • How do political and economic institutions influence uneven development?

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