Part 1: Berlin and Amsterdam
Part 2: Strasbourg and the European Union
The region of Europe, with its large urban population and many cultural mosaics united under the European Union, lends itself to an investigation of the geography of cities and supranationalism. This workshop examines the positive and negative aspects of both in a European context, asking "What makes a city successful?" and "Is supranationalism economically effective?" Explore these and other questions with geographers in the field and teachers in the classroom.
This workshop examines urban locations in the geographic region of Europe. We begin with Berlin's new role as the capital of a reunified Germany and as a symbol of a more unified Europe. The growth and development occurring with former-East Berlin's integration points to city reorganization and economic expansion. Later, high school students in Denver compare their city's modern grid to Amsterdam's older European city rings. They demonstrate their understanding of city organization and function in a twofold assignment: creating brochures that highlight Amsterdam's positive aspects and writing letters to city planners regarding improvements that might be made.
Supranationalism, the willingness of several countries to give up some measure of sovereignty for the benefit of all, is a driving force in modern Europe. This program looks at supranationalism and at the city of Strasbourg as a locus of power in the European Union. Our case study looks at the geographic component in Strasbourg's being home to the Council of Europe, the European Union's European Parliament, and the seat of the European Court of Human Rights. Later, we see an AP human geography class debate the implications of supranationalism in Europe and North America.