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Teaching Geography: Workshop 5

Sub-Saharan Africa

Part 1: South Africa
Part 2: Kenya

Maps Key maps for the region covered by this workshop >
Interactives Interactive materials that take you further into this region and the issues under discussion >

Program Overview: Sub-Saharan Africa

This workshop focuses on the geographical issues of Sub-Saharan Africa, with case studies on the impact of apartheid on present-day South Africa as well as on disease diffusion in Kenya. Classroom segments show educators using role-playing activities to teach students about land allocation in South Africa and the impact of the AIDS epidemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Part 1. South Africa: This Land Is My Land

Director-Roger Samsioe
Producer-UR, Sweden

This program considers present-day issues in South Africa resulting from the redressing of land inequities under apartheid. In the case study, we follow a geographer investigating the redistribution of land and the disparity in land productivity of black and white farmers. During the classroom segment, students come to understand land allocation in South Africa through a role-playing activity.


  • Analyze how cooperation and conflict influence the development and control of social, political, and economic entities.
  • Evaluate the geographic impacts of policy decisions related to the use of resources.
  • Identify how role-playing activities help students analyze the relationship between the spatial distribution of settlement and resources.

Part 2. Kenya: Understanding Sickness

Director-Roger Samsioe
Producer-UR, Sweden

This program examines disease in Sub-Saharan Africa and how geography can play a role in developing strategies to reduce loss of life. Our case study takes us to Kenya, where tropical diseases like malaria and river blindness have always been a high risk. But today, AIDS threatens to take an even greater toll on the population. Following the case study is commentary by Gil Latz and Susan Hardwick, and then a visit to the classroom of Shirley Hutchins. There, her students develop an understanding of AIDS in Kenya through multiple methods of analysis.


  • Identify how understanding population movement can contribute to disease control.
  • Explain contemporary issues in the context of spatial and environmental perspectives.
  • Identify strategies for helping students develop plans to solve local and regional problems that have spatial dimensions.


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