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Unit 4: Power, places and networks Lesson's | 

|1. Global interactions and global power| 



|How global power and influence varies spatially|

Globalization indices showing how countries participate in global interactions.

Global superpowers and their economic, geopolitical and cultural influence.

  • Detailed examples of at least two actual or potential global superpowers

Powerful organizations and global groups:

  • G7/8, G20 and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) groups

  • Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) influence over energy policies

  • global lending institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and New Development Bank (NDB)

|Lesson 1| 

|Lesson 2| 

Lesson 1
Lesson 2

|Lesson 3|

|Tim Marshall Prisoners of Geography|

|What is Power?|

|US 2020 election: Who does China really want to win?|

|Can it Survive Covid?|

|Podcast:The Climate Question?|

|The myth of Globalisation|

|Putin's war on Ukraine, explained|

| War in Ukraine: will China help Russia?|

|America vs China: Who is in charge?|

Germany orders Russia to close  consulates


|Reading/Revision & Assessment| 

Synthesis, evaluation and skills opportunities

How wealthy and powerful places exist at varying scales, and how the global map is complex and subject to change?

|Tim Marshall Powers of Geography|

|Essay Plans| 

|Recommended Resource| 


|The Costs of Inequality: Joseph Stiglitz| 

|What isOPEC?|

|Riz Khan - Does the IMF help or hurt the poor nations?| 

|Media in the classroom|

|What isOECD?|

|2. Global networks and flows|


|How different places become interconnected by global interactions|

An overview of contemporary global networks and flows:

  • global trade in materials, manufactured goods and services

  • an overview of international aid, loans and debt relief

  • international remittances from economic migrants

  • illegal flows, such as trafficked people, counterfeit goods and narcotics

Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and outsourcing by transnational corporations (TNCs), and ways in which this networks places and markets

  • Two contrasting detailed examples of TNCs and their global strategies and supply chains


|Lesson 4|

|Lesson 5|

|Lesson 6|

Lesson 2

|Reading/Revision & Assessment| 

|Lesson 7|

|Case Studies|


|Article: Silicon Savannah: The rise of Africa's tech scene| 

|Article: SHow Africa's Tech Generation Is Changing the Continent| 


|Student Work| 

| Internet Usage | 

Synthesis, evaluation and skills opportunities

The relative importance of different flows, and the suitability of different methods for graphically representing flows and interactions

| Tim Berners-Lee Accessibility for All | 

|3. Human and physical influences on global interactions| 



| How political, technological and physical processes influence global interactions |

Political factors that affect global interactions:

  • multi-governmental organizations (MGOs) and free trade zones

  • economic migration controls and rules

Our “shrinking world” and the forces driving technological innovation:

  • changing global data flow patterns and trends

  • transport developments over time

  • patterns and trends in communication infrastructure and use

The influence of the physical environment on global interactions:

  • natural resource availability

  • the potentially limiting effect of geographic isolation, at varying scales

|Lesson 8 |

|Lesson 9 |

Lesson 6
Lesson 7
Lesson 7
Lesson 8

|Lesson 10 |

|Lesson 11 |

|Lesson 12 |

| The Rise of Trade | 

Revision Tip:


is a key topic found in 

paper 2 and 3. Ensure to 

focus on this topic, for your 



|Reading/Revision & Assessment| 

|Student Work| 

|Specimen Papers| 

|Recommended Resource| 

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