Month: March 2012 (page 1 of 2)

IB, High Level Extention: Global Core and Periphery

How can air traffic be used to identify global core, periphery and semi periphery?

Do you agree with this description of the semi periphery? Why?

What other factors could be used to global core, periphery and semi periphery?


In groups: Come up with 5 other non traditional (not GDP) factors that could be used to identify the global core, semi-periphery and periphery.

  • For each one, list the top and botom 10 countries for each factor.
  • On a blank map, create a composite index to identify the core and periphery
  • How could you find the semi-periphery using your index?

I&S CSR Investigation, Part III: Plan an Action or Awareness Project (Make a handout for this)

In your study of working conditions, particularly in LEDCs, you have identified many problems facing the workers. Your job is to identify a problem and propose an action or awareness project.

  1. Describe the problem
  2. Relate the problem to the AoI, Community and Service
  3. Create a design brief: In the design brief, you explain what you are going to do to solve the problem. In the specification, one should write the essential and desirable characteristics they want their end product to have.
  4. Design the project.  It should be something you could accomplish. Your project design can be a storyboard, a sketch, or a label diagram.
  5. 1 paragraph explaining why you chose this project design.
  6. IF TIME: Create your project

Food Shortage, Case study

-Create a 2 page A4 pamphlet
-Pick one of the hunger hotspots in the World Food Program Website or Food Security Portal
  • Describe the extent of the food shortage happening in the region (Area, population affected, etc) [4]
  • List and explain the political factors causing the shortage [4]
  • List and explain the economic factors causing the shortage [4]
  • List and explain the physical factors causing the problem [6]
  • List, explain and evaluate the measures taken by the WFP in an attempt to remedy the situation (food aid, community involvement etc) [7]

IBDP Earthquake Case study 1

Two groups: 1 MEDC, 1 LEDC

For a recent* earthquake event of your choice:

  1. Describe the characteristics of the earthquake
      • Magnitude
      • Duration
      • Areal extent
      • Speed of onseet
      • aftershocks

2. Describe the tectonic processes of the hazard event

3. Describe the factors affecting earthquake damage

    • Population density
    • Type of buildings
    • Time of day
    • Distance from the epicenter
    • Types of rocks and sediments

4. Describe the social, political, environmental and economic consequences of the disaster.

    • Estimated cost of damages
    • Death toll and injuries
    • Describe the management of the hazard event – before, during and after
    • Planning, preparation, prediction, hazard mapping, evacuation, warnings.
    • Help with recovery, aid – local, regional and international, role of NGOs.
    • Environmental degradation

5. Include maps, graphs and tables.

*the IB Curriculum describes recent as: should have occurred within the student’s lifetime and should not be historical
Presentation: Post on website
Due: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  • MEDC
-San Francisco, USA, 1994
-L’Aquila, Italy, 2009
-Christchurch, New-Zealand, 2011
  • LEDC
-Port-au-Prince, Haiti, 2010
-Sumatra, Indonesia, 2007

Spatial distribution of earthquakes

Have a look at our website

Seismicity of the earth 1900-2010

 Magnitude 8 and greater Earthquakes since 1900

 Worldwide Earthquake Statistics

World Hunger Map

  1. Comment on the spacial distribution of hunger
  2. Define undernutrition
  3. Define malnutrition
  4. Brainstorm 5 physical causes of food shortage
  5. Brainstorm 5 human causes of food shortage



The World is Spiky

Have a look at the wikisummary of Thomas L. Friedman’s The World is Flat

Then, read Richard Florida’s article The world is Spiky

Answer the following Questions:

  1. What is Florida’s view of globalization? How does it differ from Friedman’s?
  2. What would Florida have to say about the shortcomings of the KOF Index?
  3. Explain the following statement: “The world today looks flat to some because the economic and social distances between peaks worldwide have gotten smaller.” What does this mean for people living in “valley” areas?
  4. What would Florida say to someone believing new technologies and transport can level the “spikes”?
  5. What is your opinion of Florida’s argument? Give specific examples.
Type your answers, 1 page maximum.
Due: Thursday March 22

Globalization: KOF Index

I&S Project, Part II: Student Choice

1) Choose one of the following products (MacBook, iPhone, a specific sneaker model)  and create an annotated map showing where the material used in the product is from, where the  parts were made and where it was assembled. Annotations must be 10-15 words, explaining WHAT the part is and HOW it is produced. Minimum of 12 annotations should be included and all annotations should be cited.

  • ComicLife can be used or you can hand write the annotations.
  • is a good starting point
  • Your map must include a title and a key


2) Name and research a single sweatshop and write a three paragraph summary of the working conditions in the sweatshop and the living conditions of its employees.

  • The paragraphs should be cited
  • Include a variety of primary and secondary sources: witness accounts, news reports, pictures, official documents etc.
Assessment Criteria: C* and D
*Modified Criteria:

  • If you chose question 1, criterion C will also include:
    • overall aesthetic of the map is pleasing
    • map demonstrates awareness of cartography conventions

Agricultural systems: commercial vs small-scale subsistence farming

This week we will begin a new unit on Agricultural systems.

1. In groups of 2: Create a mind map for each of the following in relation to agricultural process:
–Physical factors
–Human and economic factors
–Political factors
2: In the same groups, watch the following two videos on subsistence farming in Have, Ghana, and a large scale dairy farm in Watertown, Wisconsin. For each one, list the inputs necessary for the proper functioning of the farms.

3: Create a Venn Diagram including all the answers you have found in question 2, depicting the similarities and differences between subsistance and commercial agriculture.

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