Chapter 7: Subsaharan Africa

In this assignment, you will follow the path of human migration from Africa to the far reaches of the globe. Next, you will explore the reasons for European colonization in Africa, and investigate the effects of colonial-imposed borders. Next, you will examine the relationship between methods used to gain independence within Africa and political stability.  Next, you will investigate the causes of malaria and how to control the virus. Then you will investigate the causes of malaria and ways to control the virus. You will then compare the standards of living in the world’s fastest- and slowest-growing regions. Finally, you will analyze spatial patterns of poverty and wealth to address overconsumption and resource extraction.

And finally, you will look at the historical and current situation in Sudan and South Sudan regarding the ongoing conflicts that have led to famine and rape as a weapon of war, along with genocide.

By the end of this assignment, you should be able to:

  • Analyze genetic factors, such as blood type or a simplified version of genetic markers, to explain where human characteristics originated.
  • Identify the causes and effects of the Berlin Conference, 1884-1885.
  • Evaluate the relationship between colonial-imposed borders and political stability.
  • Determine the chronology of African countries achieving independence.
  • Compare the various methods used to achieve independence within Africa after World War II.
  • Investigate the spatial patterns of malaria risks.
  • Analyze environmental factors related to malaria control in Africa.
  • Analyze the standard-of-living indicators for each region.
  • Formulate a hypothesis about the relationship between these indicators and population growth.
  • Determine patterns of wealth distribution globally.
  • Identify sustainable suggestions for regions of the world.
  • Analyze how colonial powers influenced and negatively impacted the creation of African nations.

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World Regional Geography Lab Manual by R. Adam Dastrup, MA, GISP is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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