Unit 5:

AFRICA - SOUTH AMERICA - ASIA

 

 

Africa

1st lesson

· Watch the video on the BBC “Wild Africa” homepage. [http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/wildafrica/programmes.shtml click on the right hand side under “Series Info/Video” on the small play button]. Our picture of Africa so far is that of a region with a severe development problem. Now it has been enriched with this video that portrays the country as an amazing nature reserve – the cradle of life. How do these two perspectives interact?

· What can you find out about urban Africa? Search the web for pictures of African cities like e.g. the following of Johannisburg. [http://www.unhabitat.org/programmes/ump/Africa-Joburg1.jpg]. How difficult is it to get them? What is the reason?

 

2nd lesson

· Read about the different natural units into which the continent can be divided.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/programmes/tv/wildafrica/biogeography.shtml

· Afterwards look at the political map of Africa. What problems do the boundaries instated by the former colonial powers leave modern Africa with? [http://www.hivafrica.org/maps/africa.gif]

· Scan the site on ethnic conflicts in Africa and the various dictators. Who is behind this webpage? What kind of view does it produce/ perpetuate? [http://www.mrdowling.com/611-ethnic.html] & [http://www.mrdowling.com/611-bigman.html].

 

 

South America

3rd & 4th lesson

· Pals with Lation America. Groups of two students can choose a Latin American country – the major ones have to be selected. In the course of the following two lessons each group will have to search the web on information about ‘their’ country. In the third lesson there will be a mock conference of the Organisation of America. For this discussion each group has to concisely present its country and state at least one problem, especially to do with economic, ecological or political issues, their country is facing. In the discussion it should be tried to find inter-state solutions for these difficulties.

Some representative sites:

Database: [http://lanic.utexas.edu/la/region/]

[http://laii.unm.edu/] Organisation of Americas [http://www.oas.org/main/english/] and government sites like[http://www1.ibge.gov.br/english/] or [http://www.uoregon.edu/~sergiok/brgovernment.html]

For statistics: [www.nationmaster.com]

 

 

5th lesson

· The mock conference

 

Asia

6th lesson

· Rice, the number one staple food of southeast asia. What is significant about the rice distribution on the map? [http://www.askasia.org/image/maps/i000023.htm]. What conditions are necessary to grow rice? What can you learn about the international rice market? [http://www.foodmarketexchange.com/datacenter/indicate/dc_mkt_product_rice.php3]

· Find out more about a climatic phenomenon of major importance to the region- the monsoon. What are its merits compared to the perils?

[http://www.kjc.gov.my/htdocs3/english/education/weather/monsoon01.html]

Look at the diagramm and match it with what you have learned so far about the monsoon.

[http://www.geo.arizona.edu/Antevs/ecol438/monsoon.gif]

 

7th lesson

· Stereotypes of Asians. What picture(s) of Asians do you have in your mind? How are these informed (Media/ Actual Experience/ Encounter in Austria, Abroad]?

Read the article by John Major on Western Stereotypes of Asians

[http://askasia.org/frclasrm/readings/r000015.htm]. Does this article lead you to reconsider your perspective?

 

8th & 9th lesson

· China as emerging market and the Tibet question. Read the short newspaper article in the Chinese “People’s Daily” about economic development and future prospects.[http://english.people.com.cn/200311/11/eng20031111_128039.shtml]

Why has the World Trade Organisation been so keen on the integration of China? [http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/sprr_e/china_e.htm]. Do you detect some difficulties in the opening of Chinese markets? Who is on the winning/ losing side?

· Tibet is a persistent issue in Chinese foreign politics. Since the integration of China into the WTO the Tibetian cause has somehow palled in the face of the possibilities of this huge emerging market. Scan the official website of the tibetian exile government for information about the present status of Tibet [http://www.tibet.com/] and compare it to the Chinese view of the matter [http://www.index-china.com/index-english/Tibet-s.html]. Can either side be right?

 

10th lesson

· This lesson deals with a glimpse on the cultural impact of Asian culture, especially manga or anime respectively and martial arts. Scan through the explanatory text about mangas [http://www.mit.edu/people/rei/Expl.html]. Read about the impact of anime in the West on CNN [http://www.cnn.com/SHOWBIZ/Movies/9911/11/pokemon/index.html]. What do you make of this trend? Consider as well Asian influences in high profile US film of recent years like The Matrix Trilogy or Hidden Dragon, Crouching Tiger.