001 - Stereotypes

Factual Question

What are India and China like as countries?

Key Terminology

  • Economy
  • Superpower


Activity One - Describe

  • On the padlet below write down as many things as you can about China. Think about religion, dress, food, language, economics, history etc.

  • Watch the YouTube clip below which identifies the 'Best Bits of the Beijing Olympic Opening Ceremony.' What does this inform us about China as a country?

Beijing Olympics


  • What do these aspects of China actually tell us about the country? 



Activity Two - Profile China

Develop a country profile for China. A profile is an outline of the key statistics about the country. This will give us an outline of what the country is really like rather than relying on our perceptions from the media. But where should we start with the research? We often 'google' it when searching for information but is there a better way? Does bing different results? Have we heard of DuckDuckGo? Why should we use it?

The room will be divided in to three and will be asked to search for the rulers of China using one of the search engines. What results do you find? What are the benefits and problems of using that search engine?

For the data you will need for the profile use Wolfram|Alpha to help you search. It is a site where you ask it a question and it will search its data base for the answer. Use the socioeconomic section for some of the points below.

You need to include the following information:
          1. Land Mass
          2. Population size
          3. GDP
          4. GNP
          5. What farming produce is grown?
          6. What is the manufacturing base?
          7. Key religions
          8. Languages
          9. Number of internet users
          10. Map of China
            • Main airports
            • Main ports
            • Mountain ranges
            • Key rivers



Activity Three - Draw

  • On an A4 piece of paper draw a stereotypical Indian. Around your image annotate it with aspects of language, religion, potential jobs, music, food etc.
  • Use the Youtube clip below to add to your diagram.

Slumdog Millionaire Trailer




Activity Four - Profile India

Develop a country profile for China. A profile is an outline of the key statistics about the country. You need to include the following information:
  1. Land Mass
  2. Population size
  3. GDP
  4. GNP
  5. What farming produce is grown?
  6. What is the manufacturing base?
  7. Key religions
  8. Languages
  9. Number of internet users
  10. Map of India
    • Main airports
    • Main ports
    • Mountain ranges
    • Key rivers