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World studies

World studies

July 2014

The 2014 World Cup provides plenty of study opportunities for geographers of all ages. Here are some teaching suggestions for GCSE, A-level and Diploma

World Studies

There are a wealth of ways in which the hosting of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil is relevant to the geography curriculum. The costs and benefits for Brazil can be investigated (many Brazilians have voiced opposition, saying that there are more urgent priorities for public spending, such as housing).

Academic links can be established with regional development theory (Brazil’s government has built or renovated 12 stadiums across Brazil in the hope that each can operate as a regional growth pole, through the stimulation of multiplier effects).

There are aspects of global power-play to consider too, as Brazil tries to further cement its role as a global hub for culture (the competition has attracted flows of participants, spectators and journalists from all around the world). Finally, news report have shown rainforest tribes joining in with the excitement (suggesting that Brazil’s indigenous people are not nearly as ‘switched off’ from globalisation as they are often portrayed to be).

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  • The costs and benefits of hosting a major sporting event
  • Regional growth and uneven development
  • Global interactions and geopolitics
  • Amazonian tribes love the global game

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