Year 13 – Notes on USSR/USA relations and homework

For my sins we will be using the History (!!!) text books, as they provide a far more thorough take on this period than the Parrot books.

Finish the notes on:

Pages 19 – 20 – Soviet expansionism in Europe.

Pages 24-25 Overview of US relations with Europe in 1945

Page 53 – The position by 1962.

Homework: p99 = Condition of the Soviet economy

P125-126 = Glasnost and Perestroika.

On Friday I want to use the computers to start researching the rise of China as a dominant superpower.

Here are your geography links for the week ending….. 21st September

  • We all know the outcome and Mr Monteith’s own views 😉 of the Scottish independence referendum. Don’t be bored to tears just yet though as there are some interesting infographics and maps on who voted where and how the votes stacked up.
  1. The Guardian
  2. The BBC
  • Globalisation and its discontents may not spell the end of the world according to this report.


Demographic Transition Model and growth of globalisation

I used the Gapminder website today to bring to life some of development indicators and examine what levels of development we would expect countries to have at different stages of the DTM.

Click on the hyperlink above to get to the website. The instructions are fairly self explanatory, have a go at changing the indicators on the x and y axis.

Following on from your keyword homework. The confusing term that is Purchasing Power Parity is best explained through the Big Mac index

Year 12 – BRICS and MINTS

The BRIC and MINT countries both came up during discussion today when we talked about the poltical, economic, technological and cultural effects of globalisation.

The BRICs were the original emerging economic giants, but a few of them are struggling to live up to expectations at present.

The MINTs are the new kids on the bloc (according to Prof Jim O’Neil who coined both acronyms).

The BBC radio programmes on the MINTs are worth a listen.

Remember to complete your globalisation definition homework for Tuesday

Here are your geography links for the week ending….. 14th September


Year 12 – Introduction to globalisation 11/09/2014

Year 12 – Following our first lesson your task this evening is to research definitions of globalisation. Here are some sources worth investigating:

Read a few definitions and examples to get an understanding of how interpretations of the concept vary. Remember to double check your sources. No printing straight off Wikipedia!

Here are your geography links for the week ending….. 7th September

  • Bárðarbunga (Try pronouncing that!) has been rumbling and erupting for the three weeks in eastern Iceland. Fissures (cracks) have opened along the ground as opposed to an eruption from a classic shaped stratovolcano. It could continue to erupt like this for a while. The Icelandic Met Office is a great place to get up to date information, there are also a lot of volcanologist (geologists with a specialism in volcanoes) on twitter who are worth following for lots of interesting info:

Dr John Stevenson, Edinburgh University – @volcan01010 Dr Dave McGarvie, Open University- @subglacial Dr Erik Klemeti, Denison University – @eruptionsblog


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