Monthly Archives: January 2012

Spring Semester Begins

Now that the Fall 2011 semester is complete, it’s time to start this blog for the mayhem and awesomeness that is Spring 2012 World Regions at Virginia Tech! I skipped the first week of lectures since it was mainly an overview course mechanics. So! Here’s what happened in the second week!

Tuesday – Topics discussed included:

  • Death Watch candidate choices, anyone?
  • Megaupload was shut down… ACTA, and how America is the “world police”
  • Watch Nigeria!
  • Russia’s selling Syria fighter jets, and the world freaks out!
  • Turkey calls France racist, holds fire on genocide bill
  • Iran issues threats after EU sanctions. What happens if they close the Strait of Hormuz?
  • Where the heck are we? game
  • What a region is, and how you need borders, area, and something in common trait to have one

Thursday – Topics discussed included:

  • How it’s decided which drug cartel is most powerful in Mexico
  • More about regions! Which region are we in?
  • The building blocks of the region – the state! What the heck is it? (It isn’t the typical American definition of the word.)
  • Who drew the sovereign state lines in Africa? (Answer: Europeans!)
  • What’s the difference between states, nations, and nation-states?


On August 30, the first international movie of the semester, Outsourced, was shown. Filmed in Seattle, Washington and India, this 2006 movie follows Todd Anderson (Josh Hamilton), an American who sells novelty products. When Todd learns that his department is being outsourced, he heads to India to train his replacement. Today, outsourcing is common as businesses can move their labor to places where wages are cheaper. This movie also stars British-Indian actress Ayesha Dharker and was filmed in the English language.

This movie was also shown to kick off the spring semester on January  25, 2012.