AS/A2 Geography

By Simon Oakes
November 2008
Hodder Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications
ISBN: 9781844896400
126 pages, Illustrated
$57.50 Paper original

Advanced TopicMasters will enhance student knowledge and understanding of demanding topics in AS/A-level geography.The texts can be read to consolidate understanding as each topic is covered in class, and referred to by students in order to complete essays and other assignments.

Analysis of each topic is illustrated in full colour by case studies, photographs, charts, tables and diagrams. The case studies support general discussion and can be used to illustrate assignments and written work in the final examinations. More complex topics and explanations are included in inset boxes, and provide opportunities for more detailed study.

Each Advanced Topic Master features a wide range of activities: some aim to test knowledge and understanding; others will help students develop essential skills such as statistical analysis and hypothesis testing; and others will encourage students to research topics further on the internet or in the library, or as the basis for fieldwork investigations and coursework.

Table of Contents:
1 The nature of globalisation
Modern globalisation
Origins and growth of globalisation
Globalisation and development
Indices of globalisation
Degrees of integration
2 Technology and a shrinking world
Globalisation and communications technologies
The technology timeline
Evolving communications networks
Technology and society
3 Transnational corporations and global economic networks
The diversity, scale and role of TNCs
The changing geography of TNCs
Global networks and flows
Financial flows and the development process
4 Impacts and ethics of global interactions
Two-speed development
Global shift and the changing nature of work
5 Cultural globalisation
Cultural interactions and impacts
Cultural hubs and global consumerism
Globalisation and its impact on local culture
Migration and diaspora
Scotland: a diaspora source nation
The USA: a diaspora host nation
Managing cultural globalisation
6 Globalisation and environmental stress
Economic activity
The global relocation of polluting industries
Transboundary pollution
Agribusiness, biodiversity loss and the environment
Rising affluence, dairy farming and ‘land grabs’
The movement of people, organisms and waste
Are we living sustainably?
7 Political outcomes of globalisation
Global groupings: the emergence of trade blocs
Geographic consequences of trade bloc formation
Managing the threat of sovereignty loss in Europe
8 Local responses and challenges to globalisation
Globalisation and glocalisation
Global diaspora groups and local community interaction
Local resistance to globalisation
Switched-off places and peoples
9 Global futures
‘De-globalisation’: the global credit crunch of 2008
Geographical impacts of the global credit crunch
Globalisation’s power shift
Global futures: business as usual

About the Author(s):
Simon Oakes is an A-level principal examiner, Chief Examiner for International Baccalaureate geography and the author of a wide range of A-level resources.
Michael Raw is Head of Geography at Bradford Grammar School, a senior examiner, and the author of numerous AS and A-level publications.


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