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GGRB28: Geographies of Disease

This guide will help students in GGRB28 with finding articles for the annotated bibliography and other resources for the final research assignment.

Example Topic: Vaping & Chronic Illness


Choose one chronic disease (diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, respiratory disease) and discuss the ways that the social determinants of health and inequality impact those living with the illness. 

Starting with the Facts

  1. Do background research to learn more about your topic.                                                                                                  
  2. Identify factual information from your background research: who, what, when and where.
  3. Brainstorm the why and how after you have gathered enough information to help form an initial research question.

Background Research

Developing my Topic

Who? youth, teen, adolescents, high school students

vaping, e-cigarettes, nicotine

respiratory disease, asthma, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

education, socio-economic, culture, relationship, recreation

Where? Canada, urban, high school, classroom, school washrooms, school yard, parties
When? during high school
Why? peer pressure, education, lack of awareness, socio-economic aspects, social influences, reduce stress, rebellion, risk
How? easy to purchase, flavours

Curious inquiry based on background research and developing my topic worksheet

  • Why do we see vaping in youth increasing at the high school level in Canada?
  • What neighbourhoods in the city do we see vaping to be more prevalent?
  • Are there a socio-economic factors that influence use?
  • How do school spaces influence the uptake of vaping?