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Modules

The six CGGE modules were published in September 2010. Four modules were updated with new case studies focused on India (September 2012) and Japan (March 2013). Below is a current list of case studies for each module. You can access each module using the navigation bar on the left.

National Identity

Conceptual Framework: How are people's national identities connected to places?

Case Studies:

  • How is nationalism symbolized? Focus: Europe
  • How do landscapes represent national identity? Focus: Ireland
  • Why are public spaces sometimes contested? Focus: United States
  • How is globalization transforming the borders of national identity? Focus: Southeast Asia

Example Collaborative Project:

  • Students collect, compare, and discuss symbols representing national and regional cultural identities.

Global Climate Change

Conceptual Framework: Why does Earth have changing climates?

Case Studies:

  • How does climate change affect the economy? Focus: Australia
  • How do industrialized nations contribute to climate change? Focus: United States
  • How are countries adapting to climate change? Focus: Singapore
  • Where are rising sea levels threatening human and natural environments? Focus: Southeast Asia

Example Collaborative Project:

  • Students calculate, map, and discuss regional patterns of carbon footprints.

Global Economy

Conceptual Framework: How are economic activities organized in different parts of the world?

Case Studies:

  • How does the dairy industry operate in the global economy? Focus: New Zealand
  • How does wine reach the global market? Focus: Chile
  • What is the impact of foreign direct investment on the mining industry? Focus: Central and South America
  • Where are new forms of manufacturing promoting economic development? Focus: East/Southeast Asia
  • How can geographic interpretation of streetscapes provide local and global perspectives on transportation and manufacturing? Focus: India
  • How can local natural disasters affect the global economy? Focus: Japan

Example Collaborative Project:

  • Students map the various stages of production of different commodities and analyze how they reach global markets. 

Migration

Conceptual Framework: Why do people move to work in another place or country?

Case Studies:

  • What are the economic effects of internal labor migration on urban and rural places? Focus: Chile
  • How and why do migration experiences vary for different ethnic groups? Focus: United States
  • How do labor migrants contribute to demographic change? Focus: Europe
  • Why does gender matter in migration? Focus: Southeast Asia
  • Is labor migration changing the landscape in Kerala? Focus: India
  • How do displaced people respond and adapt to natural disasters? Focus: Japan

Example Collaborative Project:

  • Students compare experiences of labor migrants in different border regions and interpret them in context of gendered and nationalist frameworks. 

Water Resources

Conceptual Framework: How are water resources managed in different places?

Case Studies:

  • Why are some places vulnerable to extreme flood events? Focus: England
  • Why does drought sometimes result in political conflict? Focus: United States
  • Where are water resources shared across national borders? Focus: Middle East
  • How do different countries practice Integrated Water Resources Management? Focus: Southeast Asia
  • How do market forces shape the management and distribution of potable water? Focus: India and United States
  • What types of water problems are created by natural disasters? Focus: Japan

Example Collaborative Project:

  • Students role-play different stakeholders to negotiate international water rights.

Population & Natural Resources

Conceptual Framework: How does population growth affect the availability of resources?

Case Studies:

  • How can food be produced sustainably to feed growing populations? Focus: Argentina
  • How does urban development affect the quality and quantity of natural resources? Focus: United States
  • What are the challenges of meeting the resource needs of very large populations? Focus: China
  • Where are forest ecosystems vulnerable to population growth? Focus: Southeast Asia
  • How can an emerging megacity create a sustainable future? Focus: India
  • How can nations achieve more sustainable energy? Focus: Japan

Example Collaborative Project:

  • Students analyze global trends in food production and then critically analyze whether "carrying capacity" has been reached in certain countries.