Social Studies - 2019-20

WG.13 d - Cultural Influences and Landscapes of Australia and Pacific Islands

The student will analyze the characteristics of the Australian and Pacific Islands regions by 

d) recognizing cultural influences and landscapes.

Adopted: 2015

BIG IDEAS

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

Although many locations are isolated and populations are small, the vast ocean environment of the region influences contemporary culture.

ESSENTIALS

Cultural influences 

  • Pacific Islands are sparsely populated. 
  • Most of Australia’s population lives near the coasts.
  • Traditional culture continues to shape life in the Pacific Islands. 
  • Lifestyles range from subsistence farming to modern city living. 
  • Cultures reflect the interaction of European and indigenous cultures (e.g., Maori, Aboriginal people). 

Cultural landscape 

  • Sydney Opera House 
  • Cattle and sheep stations (Australia) 
  • Thatched-roof dwellings (Pacific Islands)

KEY VOCABULARY

Updated: Jun 13, 2018