of Europe, with its large urban population 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.
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Berlin and Amsterdam: City Rebirth and Growth
workshop examines urban locations in the geographic region
of Europe. We begin with Berlin's new role as the capital
of a reunified Germany and as a symbol of a more unified
Europe. The growth and development occurring with former
East Berlin's integration points to city reorganization
and economic expansion. Later, high school students in Denver
compare their city's modern grid to Amsterdam's older European
city rings. They demonstrate their understanding of city
organization and function in a twofold assignment: creating
brochures that highlight Amsterdam's positive aspects and
writing letters to city planners regarding improvements
that might be made.
how culture shapes a region's characters.
how geography can be used to understand the present and plan
for the future.
how inquiry learning can be used to promote student understanding
of complex features of urban centers.
Strasbourg and the European Union: Supranationalism in Europe
the willingness of several countries to give up some measure
of sovereignty for the benefit of all, is a driving force
in modern Europe. This program looks at supranationalism
and at the city of Strasbourg as a locus of power in the
European Union. Our case study looks at the geographic component
in Strasbourg's being home to the Council of Europe, the
European Union's European Parliament, and the seat of the
European Court of Human Rights. Later, we see an A P human
geography class debate the implications of supranationalism
in Europe and North America.
organizations that transcend national boundaries to determine
their social, political, and economic impact.
why places and regions are important to individual human identity
and as symbols for unifying or fragmenting society.
how an inquiry approach can promote the critical thinking and
problem-solving skills necessary for the AP curriculum.