Category Archives: Unit 3

Year 13 – Period 6, Wednesday 3rd December. Work to complete.

I mentioned in Mr Mitchell’s class that I will not be in for Wednesday’s lesson. In my absence:

This is the link to the UVHS Google Drive site which includes a Powerpoint on Energy Geopolitics and an Economist article on the link between Europe and Russia’s energy security.

I will go through the PPT in detail on Friday. But have a look through it and familiarize yourself with the details and maps. Some of the graphs/maps could be updated with more recent data. Can you find anything more recent?

Then read through the Economist article and answer the following questions. Bring these with you on Friday!

1. How is Europe vulnerable to any change to Russia’s supply of gas to the Ukraine?

2. Download the map above. Describe which countries are linked to Russia through existing pipelines. Using information from page 2, outline how many countries in Eastern Europe are dependent on this complicated gas connectivity.

3. What alternative countries or regions could Europe import gas from to by-pass Russia? (pages 3-4)

4. Could shale gas be exported from the USA to bolster Europe’s energy supply? (page 5)

5. In what ways could Europe and the USA use gas as ‘leverage’ against Russian aggression and use the natural resource as a geopolitical weapon against the country? (pages 6-7)

Year 13 – more articles for your report

The Economist on how North America’s energy revolution in shale oil and gas will impact emerging and developed economies in Asia.

Compare the previous article with this one from Foreign Policy. Same topic, but there is a far more pessimistic outlook that focuses on the impact of having too much LNG.

This article identifies the energy demand of the G20 countries and projected increases. The focus is on the projected growth of energy demand in emerging economies. Good links to the globalisation and superpowers topics. It’s a two page Pdf doc.

Year 13 – Energy research project

Details of the research task to be completed and handed in on Wednesday 26th November.

Using the sources in your pack and from your own independent research produce a report to illustrate the following:

Demand for energy is growing globally, and at regional and local scales, especially in developed and emergent economies such as India and China.

All data, information etc must be cited and you must use a variety of sources ranging from TV, news articles, web sites, magazines. Include infographics and graphs of energy use in your report.


  • P17-23 in Parrot
  • P12-26 in green Edexcel A2

Some websites to get you started:

Email me any other useful nuggets of energy you find and I will share them on the blog

Mr Monteith

Year 13 – Rise of China research task

  • Use: World Bank; Economist country profiles; BBC country profiles; Gapminder statistics for starters.
  • Why and how has China risen to the fore as a dominant world power over the last 40 years.
  • Provide background on Deng Xiaoping’s reforms following Mao, present growth (remember to use our superpower criteria as your guide), and the recent progress achieved under Xi Jinping.

This recent Economist article is a very useful guide to Xi Jinping.



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.

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.