Political Organization of Space-
Written Assignments & Activities
What to expect?
Students! Get your political pants on! Time to study territorial dimensions of politics, evolution of the contemporary political pattern and challenges to inherited political-territorial arrangements.
Here you will find projects, supplemental readings and questions, questions for discussion, essays, surveys, etc.
If you are looking for your book notes assignments, please check here.
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Political Organization of Space Reading Guide and Classwork & Research
Basics: Vocab to know
a politically organized territory that is administered by a sovereign government and is recognized by a significant portion of the international community; a state must also contain a permanent resident population, an economy, and be self-governing within a defined territory
a group of people generally linked by language, ethnicity, religion, and other shared cultural attributes including a common cultural consciousness; such homogeneity does not occur in all states, and a nation may not necessarily enjoy statehood
state (country) whose population possesses a substantial degree of cultural homogeneity and unity and is recognized as a political unit; the territory of a nation-state usually coincides with the area settled by a certain national group or people
Territorial Morphology definitions
Check these links for visuals and definitions:
Types of TM
It's Always Chile in Norway
Types of TM Flashcards
A Slide Share Presentation with a great example of enclave and exclave!
Territorial morphology: study of states' shapes and their effects
Types Of Territorial Morphology
Test Review answers-you do not receive credit if you have blank explanations-you must tell me why your answer is correct
1. Extra Time? Click on either of the links below (redistricting game: choose to play the Basic level of “Mission 4: Voting Rights Act”)
http://redistrictinggame.org/ OR http://www.slate.com/gerrymandering jigsaw puzzle
2. European Boundaries and Change
1. watch this video
2. map of european union
3. Europe after WWI
4. Europe after WWII
5. Europe today
1. To be completed in class and at home if needed-you can download classwork and research to the left: 5 activities designed to apply your knowledge.
2. Researching Stateless Nations-given out in class, read and complete organizer
3. Kazakstan case study done in class.
4. READING GUIDE aka your book notes. given
5. What is Happening in the Ukraine
-Describe the conflict
-Who, what, where, when, why, how
-WHAT was the problem? WHAT caused it?
-What caused the violence and protests in Kiev? What was the outcome?
-What did Crimea do on Sunday?
Try to incorporate this vocabulary: state, nation, referendum, federalist, boundary (disputes, types?), European Union
Use these links to start you:
Crimea votes to join Russia
Ukraine Crisis-what's happening? Depends on who you ask
WHY is the Ukraine in turmoil
Follow this Map
Quick Guide-What's Happening in Ukraine
Russian-Ukraine Conflict Explained
Kiev Instagram Photos
In-Class Learning Centers (Tasks)
Political Geography – Videos and Images for Classwork
Task 1 – Core and Periphery
WorldMapper (Click “map categories” or “thumbnail index” to choose maps.)
Task 2 – Supranational Organization
Links for research:
Task 4 – Boundaries and Walls
For bizarre borders videos check here and look for videos related to this unit:
Countries Inside Countries: Bizarre Borders Part 1
Canada and the United States: Bizarre Borders Part 2
Walls of the World#12 (This infographic is part of a terrific Washington Post article “40 more maps that explain the world.”Lots of APHG info!)
Task 5: Gerrymandering
For Questions 1 and 2:
Gerrymandering: How drawing jagged lines can impact an election (video link)
For Question 3:
For Questions 4 and 5:
Redistricting Game – from Annenberg Center
Gerrymandering Puzzle – from Slate
For your Kazakhstan assignment, use the images in the ppt below (you can download it) and the readings in your packet.
Main concepts to learn and explore:
How did Kazakhstan become a state? How was it part of the Soviet sphere?
An enclave is a piece of territory that is completely surrounded by another territory of which it is not a part. Check out this page and maps for examples: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enclave_and_exclave