Showing posts with label foreign policy. Show all posts
Showing posts with label foreign policy. Show all posts

Friday, March 18, 2016

Who Owns Antarctica? - A Political Geography Lesson

Who owns Antarctica? That's an interesting question that many of my geography students wondered and asked over the years. The answer to that question is a clear and simple one. As more people, countries, and companies explore the continent it will become more and more important to define what can or cannot be done in Antarctica. CGP Grey tackles these issues in his video Who Owns Antarctica?


Applications for Education
The video raises a couple of good questions to have your students research and discuss. First, what are the natural resources that countries and companies might want to extract from Antarctica? Who should manage conservation on the continent? What will happen to Antarctica as more countries try to make claims to it?

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Crash Course on Foreign Policy

Last fall PBS Digital Studios and Crash Course launched a series on government and politics. The 50th and last installment in the series is about foreign policy. The from trade to human rights to environmental concerns the video covers most facets of what foreign policy is and how governments interact with each other. The video is embedded below.


Applications for Education
As we move forward in the presidential campaign season (which seems to be longer than ever) we'll hear more about each candidate's stance on various foreign policy issues. This video could help students understand why foreign policy questions are asked during campaigns and debates.