Complexity of Terminology in Political Geography

Our ‘political world’ is extremely complex and the terminology associated with it is no different. How does one decipher between terms such as state, nation, nation-state, multinational state, multi-state nation, and stateless nations?  Well, that’s exactly what the AP Human Geography students attempted to do in class recently. Armed with colored circular counters, markers, and large sheets of paper, they attempted to place the colored counters, which represented different nations of people within and across country borders to understand the different terminology. 

They then each used an atlas to identify real-world examples of countries with different shapes while discussing the advantages and disadvantages that the shapes of countries pose. Again subject terminology was introduced as students learnt about compact, fragmented, elongated, perforated, and prorupted countries.  

Judy Sharpe
Class: AP Human Geography