1.1. Know your subject: Climate change and self-in-society

In this unit, we will explore the matters of concern relating to Topic 1: Development of self in society. We will support you as a teacher, teacher educator or interested reader to

  • Strengthen your subject content knowledge of climate change.
  • Enhance your teaching practices
  • Support your assessment practices

Unit Objectives

  • Identify matters of concern in Life Orientation’s CAPS aligned Topic 1: Development of self in society.

  • Exploring ways to uptake climate change as an abstract concept to a real-life matter of concern in the learner’s context using the solution-orientated process of learning-led change approach.

  • Understanding Life Orientation subject knowledge, competencies and values related to the development of the self in society is needed for learners to understand climate change and build resilience to change.

  • Linking the learner’s sense of self to the awareness and responsibility to their communities within the social-ecological natural world.

Below is an outline of the concepts covered in Topic 1: Development of the self in society according to the CAPS Senior and TVET phase documents.

  • Concept: self-image
  • Changes in boys and girls: puberty
  • Peer pressure
  • Concepts: personal diet and nutrition
  • Concepts: self-concept formation and selfmotivation
  • Concept: sexuality
  • Relationships and friendships
  • Goal-setting skills: personal lifestyle choices
  • Sexual behaviour and sexual health
  • Challenging situations: depression, grief, loss, trauma and crisis
  • Self-awareness self-esteem and self development
  • Power, power relations andgender roles
  • Value of participation inexercise programmes
  • Life roles: nature andresponsibilities
  • Changes towards adulthood
  • Decision-making regarding sexuality
  • Recreation and emotional health
  • Plan and achieve life goals: problem-solving skills
  • Relationships and their influence on well-being
  • Healthy lifestyle choices: decision-making skills
  • Role of nutrition in health and physical activities
  • Gender roles and their effects on health and well being
  • Life skills required to adapt to change as part of ongoing healthy lifestyle choices
  • Stress management
  • Conflict resolution
  • Human factors that cause ill-health
  • Action plan for lifelong participation in physicalactivity

Self in Society - Know your Subject

Looking at the CAPS topics above, answer the following questions:

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