002 - Origins of disparities

Syllabus Point

Explain (AO2) disparities and inequalities that occur within countries resulting from ethnicity, residence, parental education, income, employment (formal and informal) and land ownership.

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Key Terminology

  • Explain
  • Disparities
  • Formal employment
  • Informal employment
Define the key terms above using the 'Command Term' posters in the classroom and the 'Useful Links' below:

Useful Links

Activity One - Watch

We will be focusing on New York, USA as our case study to illustrate the causes of inequalities within a specific area. We will be using the USA as it is one of our focus countries.

  1. From your personal knowledge mind map the causes of disparities in New York. Write your answers on A3 paper using different colours for each cause. Try and suggest how ethnicity, residence, parental education, income, employment and land ownership may cause disparities.
  2. Watch the Youtube video below - it is long but outlines nicely the causes of disparities. As you watch it add notes to your initial mind map

Park Avenue: Money, Power and the American Dream. Why Poverty?

Activity Two - Notes

You will be using www.geographyalltheway.com to develop your case study of factors which effect disparities in wealth in New York further. Remember to use data from the various graphs and to click on the links to read the different articles.