Human ecology

The Transforming Industrial Heartland: The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies in Europe: Liverpool: A Tale of Two Cities and Randstad: Preserving the Green Heart. The city of Liverpool in England and the metropolitan region of the Randstad in the Netherlands are tied together by the common themes of modernization, transportation, and trade as well as quality of life issues.

Sub-Saharan Africa | Teaching Geography: Workshop 5

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This one hour video workshop focuses on the geographic features of Sub-Saharan Africa with case studies on the impact of apartheid on present-day South Africa as well as on disease diffusion in Kenya. Classroom segments show educators using role-playing activities to teach students about land allocation in South Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa. This program considers present-day issues in South Africa resulting from the redressing of land inequities under apartheid. The video also examines disease in Sub-Saharan Africa and how geography can play a role in developing strategies to reduce loss of life.

Ethnic Fragmentation in Canada | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on Canada: Vancouver: Hong Kong East and Montreal: An Island of French. The first segment focuses on the emerging Pacific Rim metropolis of Vancouver and the consequences of a recent influx of wealthy Hong Kong Chinese immigrants into the area. The second segment examines the French-speaking population within Montreal, its turbulent history with the English-speaking minority, and the ongoing efforts to resist linguistic domination in North America.

Regions and Economies | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on the United States: Oregon: A Fight for Water and U.S. Midwest: Spatial Innovations. The first segment looks at agricultural production in the regional transition zone from the lush West Coast of Oregon to the state's more arid landscapes on the east, particularly the salmon farming industry. The second segment looks at the geographic distribution of Japanese auto plants throughout the Midwestern United States.

Global Forces Local Impact | Teaching Geography: Workshop 8

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This one hour video workshop takes us to two very different geographic regions in order to investigate the relationship between the global economy and local ecology. In the first segment, we look to China and Southeast Asia in order to answer the question, "What are the human effects of an increasingly modern and global economy?" In the second half hour, we focus on water as an element of local ecology in North America. There we explore controversies surrounding issues of conservation, allocation, and the unintended human effects on water resources.

Population Geography | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on countries in Latin America: Mexico: Motive to Migrate and Guatemala: Population and Conquest. The first case study explores migration both within Mexico and to Mexico's northern neighbor, the United States. The second case study examines the historical geography of Guatemala. The country's history of Spanish conquest began in 1524, when Mayan mountain Indians were subjugated, not for their land or wealth, but to provide the labor needed to create and maintain plantations and haciendas.

The Mainland | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies on mainland Southeast Asia: Laos: Isolated Heart and Vietnam: Fertile Dreams. Laos and Vietnam are countries attempting to open their borders to the world after years of isolation due to civil war, political unrest, and physical geographic barriers.

Europe | Teaching Geography: Workshop 7

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The region of Europe, with its large urban populations and many cultural mosaics united under the European Union, lends itself to an investigation of the geography of cities and supranationalism. This workshop examines the positive and negative aspects of both in a European context, asking "What makes a city successful?" and "Is supranationalism economically effective?" Explore these and other questions with geographers in the field and teachers in the classroom.

Supranationalism and Devolution | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two segments set in Europe. The first, Strasbourg: Symbol of a United Europe, focuses on the coexistence of French and German cultures in the city of Strasbourg, France. Slovakia: New Sovereignty, the second case study featured in the video, discusses the birth of Slovakia and the Czech Republic and the problematic transition from the old Czechoslovakia to these two new states.

The Dynamic Pacific Rim | The Power of Place

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This half hour video program features two case studies that explore the influence of physical geography in Latin America: Ecuador: Orange Alert and Chile: Pacific Rim Player. The first examines how humans interpret the dangers of their environment. It chronicles the science and sociology of monitoring volcanic activity in the Andes. The second study explores Chile's unique geography and the role it has played in the country's shift away from its traditional economy and European connections. The country's history is rooted in the Indian cultures of the Andes Mountains, but little of this heritage has been reflected since the Spanish entered Chile in 1536. Global interaction continues to exert powerful forces on this country.

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