002 - Global Superpowers

Geographic Knowledge and Understanding

Global superpowers and their economic, geopolitical and cultural influence.


Powerful countries can, directly and indirectly, exert their influence on other places.


Key Terminology

Define the words above by using the 'Useful Links' below.

Useful Links

Activity One - Discuss

Some of you chose to take the International Relations course in Year 11 and the theme of superpowers ran through all of the units. To help everyone in the class who was not in International Relations describe what it means to be a superpower in the Padlet below. We will then discuss your thoughts as a group. Now answer the points below into the Padlet.

Crowd Sourcing Information - Padlet

Activity Two - Watch

Without a doubt America is currently one of the most influential countries on our planet, but how did it get this way? 

Useful Resources

How America became a superpower



Crash Course History

Activity Three - Research and Collate

We are now going to investigate which countries you believe are the most influential today. This does not just have to include military power but you can also consider the factors that make up the KOF index.

Key Data Table

Global Superpowers

Activity Four - Analyse

You have now discussed the importance of data along with the characteristics of what you believe helps to make a country a global superpower. We are now going to look at the influence that the top two countries in your rankings in Activity Three have on the world. You are going to look at from both a geopolitical and cultural perspectives.

Note Taking Table

Global Superpowers Comparison

 Useful Resource

'Geography. Global Interactions. Study and Revision Guide HL Core Extension' by Simon Oakes Page 7 

Exam Style Question

To what extent can the influence of global superpowers be measured? [12 marks]

This lesson was development in collaboration with Richard Allaway from geographyalltheway. For more resources please visit www.geographyalltheway.com