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Conquering the Case Studies

You might be wondering which Case Studies are needed for Environmental Management IGSE and why they are necessary.


What is a case study?

A case study is a deep delve into and a short summary of a real world example of an event or process.


Can we choose our own case study?

Yes. There is the freedom to choose any appropriate case study. However, there are some key case studies that are widely available and sometimes it makes sense not to reinvent the wheel!

Please also note that the same case study can be used to illustrate more than one topic as long as it gives candidates the opportunity to study an example of appropriate content.


What is the benefit of doing Case Studies?

  • Case studies help a student to see the application of the theory that they have learned.

  • They encourage the development of research skills and enable students to delve a little deeper into one particular area.

  • They enable students to integrate appropriate information from their case studies into their answers in the exam.

  • They enable students to develop their own viewpoint of different situations, which is helpful in some exam questions that might ask if you agree or disagree with a statement.

What are the Case Study requirements?

These are the specification requirements. If you have downloaded my distance learning course, you will see that some of these are taught within the slides and units and others are done as a separate project as additional work.


1. Rocks and minerals

Study the development, impact and management of a mine including land restoration after the mine has closed.

2. Energy and the environment

Study the impact and management of an oil pollution event.

3. Agriculture and the environment

Study an example where agriculture has had severe environmental consequences including soil erosion and strategies for the conservation of the soil.

4. Water and its management

Study the impact of a named multipurpose dam scheme.

Study the causes, impact and management of pollution in a named body of water.

5. Oceans and fisheries

Study the resource potential, exploitation, impact and management of a marine fishery.

Study an example of farming of marine species, including the source of food, pollution from waste and impact on the natural habitat.

6. Managing natural hazards

Compare and contrast the strategies for managing the impacts of tectonic events between a named more economically developed country (MEDC) and a named less economically developed country (LEDC). Study the strategies for managing the impacts of a tropical storm or flood or drought.

7. The atmosphere and human activities

Study the causes, impact and management of a specific example of atmospheric pollution.

8. Human population

Study the strategies a named country or region has used to manage population size.

9. Natural ecosystems and human activities

Study the causes and impacts of deforestation in a named area.

Study the conservation of a named species.

Study a named biosphere reserve.



So, the best advice I think, is to go into as much detail as you want to and you have time to do. Learn the basics - who, what, why, where, when and then SEE the impacts...

ie. the SOCIAL, ECONOMIC and ENVIRONMENTAL impacts- which is what the study of Environmental Management IGCSE is all about!


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Jeanette Pugh BSc(Hons) PGCE




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