Geography KS3: Rapid Urbanisation

This video gives students an understanding of urbanisation, how rapid urbanisation impacts on both urban and rural environments and the challenges it presents. It considers how rapid urbanisation is becoming more common in less economically developed countries.

This video helps provide an effective introduction to the AQA GCSE Geography specification (amongst others) h

Teacher Notes

This video is an ideal tool to introduce students to the processes of urban and rural development, and particularly how rapid urbanisation affects countries around the world today.

It gives the students the opportunity to explore why people move from rural to urban areas and the positive and negative impacts and that challenges that such movements create.

Points for discussion:

  • What is urbanisation?
  • How does rapid urbanisation differ from urbanisation?
  • What challenges does rapid urbanisation present for urban areas?
  • What challenges does rapid urbanisation present for rural areas?
  • How can governments turn these challenges into opportunities?

Suggested activities:

After watching the video, students could explore case studies and further examples of rapid urbanisation and how it impacts on countries, particularly less economically developed countries.

Students can develop maps to show the movement of populations and consider what mitigating factors government can take to realise the benefits and mitigate the drawbacks of rapid urbanisation.

Students could explore how urbanisation patterns have changed over time, and whether or not the pace of urbanisation slows over time as countries become more economically developed.

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching Geography at KS3 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

More from this series:

Primary and secondary industries
Tertiary and quaternary industries
Plate tectonics
Coastal flooding
River flooding
Responses to flooding