These are KEYWORDS which you should use wherever possible
accessibility The ease with which people can get to a particular place.
economic sector A major division of an economy. Most commonly four sectors are recognised: primary (agriculture, fishing, mining), secondary (manufacturing), tertiary (services) and quaternary (R&D, information processing).
energy (resources) The means of providing motive force, heat or light. They include electricity, gas, steam and nuclear power, together with fuels such as coal, oil and wood.
fossil fuel Combustible materials made from the fossilised remains of plants and animals, for example peat, coal, oil and natural gas.
high-tech industry Manufacturing involving advanced technology, such as making or using microchips and computers. It also includes genetic engineering, communications and information technology.
informal sector This is largely made up of jobs over which there is little or no official control. It includes jobs such as child minding, domestic cleaning and bar tending.
non-renewable resource
A material that cannot be restored after use. Examples include fossil fuels and minerals.
raw material Anything that occurs in a natural state and that is useful to people.
R&D: Research is the design of new components or improvement of old ones, while development is the way the new ideas are tested out and applied to the product range.
renewable resource A resource which is not diminished when it is used; it recurs and cannot be exhausted (for example wind and tidal energy).
transnational company (TNC): A huge enterprise which operates on a global scale and is involved in a wide variety of businesses.
transport Moving people and commodities from one location to another.
Key questions
1. How can economic activity be classified?
2. How can economic activity classification be graphically represented?
3. How does the type of economic activity vary between places and over time? ( Comparative study between sectoral shifts within one HIC and one LIC)
4. What is informal employment and why does it happen?
5. What affects the location of tertiary and quaternary activities? (case study of the development and location of one high tech industry)
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6. What affects changes in the location of manufacturing? ( case study of recent employment changes within an area of an HIC)
7. Why is there a demand for more energy and why is there an energy gap?
8. What is the concept of precious energy and how does this help us think about energy efficiency?
9. What are the relative merits of renewable wind, solar and nuclear) v non-renewable fossil fuels?
10. What are the sources of energy in your country? What do people think about renewable and non-renewable energy?
11. Fieldwork for economic activity