Mapping our local context
1. Get into your case study group and do the following:
Draw a map of your area. Include:
- Environmental features you think are important.
- The people you interviewed and where they come from.
- Things you observed that you recorded in your assignments.
2. Now read through your assignments again and identify all the issues that you recorded in your assignment. These can be issues that you observed or issues that people told you about. Not all these issues may relate to your case study. Don’t worry about this now. First write down every single issue that you document in Assignment.
To give you an example of how to do this I’ve taken December’s assignment and considered what issues his assignment raises and whether he has evidence for this issue or not. Take a look at this example before doing step 2 by clicking here (December’s issues and evidence).
3. Now see if you can record these issues on your map. Some of the issues will effect the whole of South Africa and not just your area. Write these issues around the edges of your map.
4. Now record any suggestions for solving the issues. Often people express suggestions in the form of reasons as to why the issues exist. Such as “It is because the municipality does not have the correct budget procedures that infrastrucure is falling apart.” This means their suggestion is that the municipality has to change the way in which they budget in order to address the problem. This may be true and it may not be true. Your job is to take note of the reasons that people give you and see if they are true.
5. Present your maps back to the group.