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People, patterns and processes - Study 3: Place and cultural change - program

Teacher checklist


Marrickville Station

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Gadigal and Wangal Country


Public transport

This excursion is accessible by public transport.

Bus access

Supply bus driver with Marrickville bus information (coming soon).


DoE $25 per student - GST free

Non-gov school cost $35 per student - GST free, minimum charge $700

Risk assessment  Risk management plan

Participants will be walking all day.

This excursion may not be suitable for people who have recently been unwell.

Public toilets are available at the beginning and end of the day, and during eating breaks.


Writing materials, mobile device for audiovisual recording, medications, low-waste food, two water bottles, sunblock, hat and raincoat in a backpack. Sports uniform recommended.

Students are encouraged to bring money to buy food from local cafes and restaurants.

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Worksheet The worksheet is available for view at the time of booking.
Supporting resources Fieldwork techniques
Bin access All student waste to be taken home by students.
Medical or special needs

Notify Field of Mars staff prior to excursion. 

Students, staff and visitors must not attend if unwell, even with mild symptoms. 

Extreme or wet weather Days predicted to be above 35ºC, high winds, extreme bush fire danger and dust storms may result in the excursion being modified, postponed or cancelled. 
Cancellations Cancellations with less than four school weeks' notice will incur a $500 administration fee. This does not apply to cancellations due to weather or fire danger.

Suggested timetable



9.30 - 9.45

Arrival and introduction

9.45 - 10.15 Activity 1 - Cultural characteristics
10.15 - 10.45 Activity 2 - Place and cultural change
10.45 - 11.15 Morning tea and toilets

11.15 - 1.00

Activity 3 - Urban transect

Activity 4 - Influences on culture and opportunities to enhance human wellbeing

1.00 - 1.30

Lunch at local restaurant or cafe

1.30 - 2.00

Activity 5 - Cultural continuity and change
2.00 - 2.15 Conclusion and depart

Learning activities

Students will work in small groups to undertake geographic inquiry in the field.

Geographic questions that focus on the characteristics and influences of place and cultural change in an inner city location will be asked and data will be collected using different fieldwork and sampling techniques. This data will be analysed to identify the influences of past and current cultural change, and perceptions of and responses to these changes. 



Students will assemble at Marrickville Library and be introduced to the day’s investigations. 

Students will be introduced to the fieldwork inquiry questions for the day. Students will be guided through the planning process for fieldwork investigations including ethical considerations, equipment and methodologies and preparing for outdoor activities. Maps, diagrams and other secondary resources will be used to support student understanding.

Activity 1 - Cultural characteristics

Students will first engage in a range of discovery fieldwork activities to identify cultural characteristics of Marrickville. 

Activity 2 - Re-photography

Students will re-photograph sites of interest to examine how Marrickville has changed over time

Activity 3 - Urban transect

Using observations, photography and fieldwork instruments, students will conduct an urban transect to systematically investigate the cultural characteristics of Marrickville including streetscape, architecture, colours, noise, and streetlife.

Activity 4 - Influences on the culture and opportunities to enhance human wellbeing

Students will be guided through the interpretation and analysis of their results to describe the influence of international migration and gentrification on the cultural identity of Marrickville, and draw conclusions relating to cultural continuity and change. Students will also use transect data to identify strategies and opportunities for enhancing human wellbeing in line with the cultural characteristics of place.


Students are encouraged to immerse themselves in the culture of Marrickville by undertaking a 'food tour', dining at local restaurants and cafes.

Activity 5 - Perceptions of and responses to change

Students will use questionnaires to survey people on their perceptions of and responses to cultural continuity and change in the area.

Syllabus outcomes and content

Geography 11-12 Syllabus (2022) 


  • examines places, environments and natural and human phenomena, for their characteristics, spatial patterns, interactions and changes over time GE-11-01
  • explains geographical processes and influences, at a range of scales, that form and transform places and environments GE-11-02
  • explains geographical opportunities and challenges, and varying perspectives and responses GE-11-03
  • analyses and synthesises relevant geographical information from a variety of sources GE-11-05
  • identifies geographical methods used in geographical inquiry and their relevance in the contemporary world GE-11-06
  • applies geographical inquiry skills and tools, including spatial technologies, fieldwork, and ethical practices, to investigate places and environments GE-11-07
  • applies mathematical ideas and techniques to analyse geographical data GE-11-08
  • communicates and applies geographical understanding, using geographical knowledge, concepts, terms and tools, in appropriate forms GE-11-09


Study 3: Place and cultural change

Students investigate:

  • Culture of place

  • Influences on the culture of place


    • the processes of diffusion, adoption and adaptation of culture
    • the mediums facilitating cultural change
  • Evidence of cultural change in various places around the world

  • Impacts of, and responses to, change

  • ONE place at a local scale


    • the spatial and cultural characteristics of the place
    • influences on the cultural identity of the place
    • perceptions of, and responses to, cultural continuity and/or change
    • opportunities to enhance environmental sustainability and/or human wellbeing
Geography 11–12 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2022