Resources: Political Geography

VIDEO RESOURCE: The Most Complex International Borders in the World

August 6, 2014 // 0 Comments

Message from the creator: In this video I look at some of the most complex international border. Of course, there are more complex borders in the world, but this video looks at some of my favourites. I look at the 3 enclaves countries of the world: Vatican City, San Marino and Lesotho. As well as Campione d’Italia, an Italian exclave which is an enclave of Switzerland. I then take things up a notch and look at enclaves within enclaves. The town of Baarle which is in the Netherlands and Belgium is an incredibly complicated border. But not quite as much as the Cooch Behar region of India and Bangladesh. This is followed by a look at the odd situation of Bir Tawil, the only unclaimed land on Earth outside of Antarctica (which is itself a place for complex borders!) I finish off the video by looking at the island of Cyprus, which may look like a borderless island, but is in fact far from [...]

LESSON PLAN: My Life as a Refugee

June 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

A choose-your-own-adventure for the topic of refugees. Topics: Population and Migration, Refugees, Push Factors, Supranational Organizations, NGOs TIme: 50 minutes Materials: My Life as a Refugee app for iPad/iPhone/Android Purpose: To have the students see what difficult decisions that refugees must make. Procedure: 1) Lecture/Discussion: What is a refugee? Discuss push factors. Where are the World’s largest refugee populations in each region of the World and why. 2) Have the students download the My Life as a Refugee app. 3) Have the students write down the decisions that their character made along their refugee path. 4) Debrief as a class: What were the different decisions that your refugee made? Which do you think were the most life-threatening. [...]
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