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


Unit 3 Superpowers

We will be studying the Superpowers topic of Unit 3 for the next few weeks.

Along with the notes you are finishing on the categories that determine whether a state – or states -qualify as a superpower, please ensure you complete the research on the country statistics (economic, military, population).

As with many of the topics we will study this year it really pays to stay clued up on current geopolitical events. Specific to this topic:

The unrest that is ongoing in Ukraine – Is this similar to the tensions and conflicts of the 20th Century ?– Wall Street Journal.

The rise of IS (Islamic State) In Syria and Northern Iraq – Increasing the tension in a region already being torn apart by religious and cultural divides. How will the ‘traditional’ powers of USA, UK and NATO in general deal with the threat? Radio 4’s PM program on Thursday 4th September is worth listening to. Around 10 minutes in there is a good interview with the Chair of the Defense Select Committee, Rory Stewart. This Guardian article discusses the importance of NATO in the face of Russian aggression and the rise of IS, whilst The Economist highlights the importance of geography by discussing role of Western fighters in the conflict.

The legacy of past previous western intervention –  Don’t forget Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. They may not be in the news as much, but their importance in unsettling  global power structures remains.

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Information, resources and links for A level and GCSE geographers at UVHS. Some of the content has been adapted from resources on the Edexcel Geography Ning – we are exceedingly grateful and hope this blog works to provide ideas and support for other Geography teachers as well as pupils.