Using a variety of stimulus material, students will analyze the political geography of South Korea. Students will first classify political entities in the Korean peninsula and then examine the types of political boundaries present. Lastly students will analyze the function of political boundaries - both land and sea boundaries.
Students often have difficulty in applying concepts to the real-world. Chief Reader Reports consistently mention that students memorize vocabulary, but frequently are unprepared when applying those terms to real-world scenarios. Furthermore, students also have the tendency to struggle with stimulus materials. Both of these struggles are vital for students to correct given that students are asked, both in MCQs and on FRQs, to apply concepts to the real-world and two of the three FRQs have stimulus material and 30-40% of the MCQs are stimulus-based. Additionally, students often have a United States-centric frame of reference and the expectation is that students apply concepts to a diverse array of situations around the world.
The political geography unit offers some of the most complex vocabulary for the course, especially in regards to political entities and boundaries. Students need to be able to go beyond memorization to application. Furthermore students need to recognize that most places can fit multiple types of entities and boundaries; therefore they must stretch beyond simple classification of places.