Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Confluence Project

If you're looking for a way to get students involved in learning the geography of the places they're studying, here's an idea.

The Degree Confluence Project has as its goal to get someone to visit each of the latitude and longitude integer degree intersections in the world, and to take pictures at each location. The pictures and stories about the visits will then be posted on the project's web site.

I would assign each student to look at the report(s) for one of the "confluences." I'd ask them to tell the class about the spot, what it's like compared to other parts of the country, and to show at least one of the photographs from the site.

My preference would be to have several students report on different sites from each country and then to come up with some kind of summary for that country.

Then another group of students would report to the class on sites in another country, etc.

At the end of the six reports, the class ought to make a list of comparisons between and among the countries.

Here are the project's web pages for each of the AP6:
A photo from 52°N, 0° (UK)

A photo from 58°N, 5°W (UK)   



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