Southern Europe: Government and Economy


World Cultures Europe Southern Europe: Government and Economy
Students review the geography of Southern Europe, including the three peninsulas that create it. Then they explore aspects of these countries' economies that are directly connected to their geography—and to one another. Finally, students learn about the Greek economic crisis and write an article describing it to younger students.

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In this experience, students review the geography of Southern Europe, including the three peninsulas that create it. Then they explore aspects of these countries’ economies that are directly connected to their geography—and to one another. Finally, students learn about the Greek economic crisis and write an article describing it to younger students.

For instruction on the European Union, refer to the experience Europe: History and Its Influence: European Union.

Objectives:

  • Identify economic features of Southern Europe.
  • Explain the Greek economic crisis.


Think about the continent of Europe for a moment. Can you picture it? Now think about the southern region. Did you know it was made up primarily of three peninsulas? In this experience you will learn about how these peninsular countries have economies that are directly connected to their geography—and to one another.

Objectives:

  • Identify economic features of Southern Europe.
  • Explain the Greek economic crisis.




Satellite Image of Southern Europe


Take a look at this map of Southern Europe. Label any bodies of water and any of the countries marked in yellow that you recognize.


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Now go to the World Factbook: Europe Political Map. Refer to it to complete the labels of the map above.


Based on what you know, as well as the geography of the region, what do you think some of the important economic features of this region might be?

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Discuss student responses. Students will likely note that the peninsulas of the region mean there is a lot of water, which can mean a potential trade in seafood. Water also suggests trade via ship and the manufacturing industry that supports it. Students might also note that Southern Europe includes the Mediterranean region, which means warm climate and related agriculture.


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