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Development in Italy

Development Italy apps

Audience: KS3/KS4

Subject: Geography

Topic: Economy, Industry, Employment, Investment, Migration

Question: Why does Marco want to speak to his cousin?

Author: Paul Lawrence




This mystery surrounds Marco, a 21 year old farm worker who lives with his parents in the Calabria region in Southern Italy. The mystery surrounds the potential reasons why Marco wants to speak to his cousin who moved from the South to the city of Milan.

The mystery covers the economic differences between North and South Italy in terms of employment and investment. It also covers some of the physical geography of Southern Italy.

Learning outcomes:

• Know the different types of employment / industry
• Identify the differences between the North and South of Italy
• Understand why agriculture is difficult in Southern Italy
• Develop an understanding of core and periphery theory

The mystery can be used at key stage 3 and key stage 4 to look at the differences between North and South Italy. It can also be used at key stage 4 to explore core and periphery theory as well as being developed as a case study for internal migration.