Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mapping the world

Maps are great teaching tools. Even better, they are great resources to use when creating teaching tools. The Washington Post recently published two collections of maps. The global maps show relative happiness, legal systems, public opinion, and 77 other "things." Go ahead and build your own teaching tools. Or have your students build some.

40 maps that explain the world
This shows the world's most diverse countries, its most homogenous and, if you look closely, a whole lot more.

40 more maps that explain the world

Yes, the United States has worse income inequality than Nigeria. That's according to a metric called the Palma Ratio that measures economic inequality. Read more here about how the metric works and the fascinating results of using it to compare the world's countries.

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