Hello, Fall 2012! Your GEOG 1014 blog is back in action!
World Regions kicked off once again for a new set of students, and after a fun first class, here’s what information was covered in the second lesson:
- Review of last class (syllabus stuff!)
- We craft our Death Watch board
- Hurricane Isaac floods New Orleans…but there are also typhoons slamming the eastern Asian coast!
- Asaad acknowledges struggle to win Syria civil war – “We are fighting a regional and global war…” and it is!
- A reputed leader of Gulf Cartel is captured in Mexico (yes, there is a huge war going on in Mexico between drug cartels)
- Canadian troops need a nap…
- What in the world is a region? (You need area, boundaries, and some shared characteristic!)
- There are always exceptions in regions
- “Where in the hell are we?” with regions and states!
- The state – the building block of world regions! There are 195 or so of them.
- Africa is divided into sovereign states, but Europeans drew the boundaries. They aren’t political boundaries, though.
- America jumped on the state bandwagon early
- When the USSR collapsed, 15 new states formed!
- What is a nation, what’s a state, and what’s the difference between them?
- Stuff’s going on in the South China Sea (Whose Rock is it Anyway?)