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Why Teach Globalization?
Globalization is an umbrella term for a complex series of economic, social, technological, cultural and political changes across the globe. It is a process of increasing interdependence and interaction among people, companies, and governments of different nations, driven by international trade and made possible by innovations in information technology.
Some argue that globalization allows poor countries and their citizens the opportunity to raise their standards of living, encourage democracy and embrace multiculturalism. Others claim that globalization has simply allowed Western corporations to overwhelm world markets at the expense of small businesses, local cultures, traditions and values. The promotion and resistance of globalization has therefore taken shape at both a popular and governmental level, however, such efforts can only hope to steer globalization, not alter it. The convergence of economics, culture and politics is happening around the globe. While thoughtful, deliberate, and innovative leadership is necessary to help shape globalization, the process itself is inevitable.
Globalization has effects on the environment, culture, political systems, economic development and prosperity, and on human physical well-being in societies around the world. To truly comprehend the interconnected nature of a globalized world; to truly understand the consequences of our foreign policy choices; to truly understand the new face of the world -- citizens of all nations need to understand how globalization works and the policy choices we are facing.
On this website we have compiled a collection of lesson plans from multiple partner organizations to help you educate the next generation about globalization. You can connect to appropriate resources for the age groups you work with by clicking on the subheadings to the left. Lesson plans are then broken down into topics. The information is included within lesson plans in these topic areas is explained below.
Lesson Plan Topics
Culture: Globalization is having a significant impact on local cultures and overall global diversity -- issues that are often fraught with intense emotion and controversy. These lesson plans focus on identifying the unique characteristics that individuate the world's people, clans, and ethnicities, and evaluating the impact of cultural integration on the world.
Economics: These lesson plans cover basic economic concepts and topics that relate specifically to economics. How is one to understand globalization without understanding economics?
Economic Development: Economic development includes not only economic growth, but also development of health, education, and infrastructure that improves the lives of people in developing nations. These lesson plans cover development issues, but also development structures such as IMF and World Bank.
Environmental Resources: These lesson plans focus on the use, deterioration, desecration and/or alteration of particular resources (other than the climate). Some lesson plans at the younger levels concentrate on the impact of geographical features as well.
Foreign Policy: These lesson plans investigate the impacts of policies, politics, and politicians on global affairs.
Global Climate: Climatic challenges are increasingly the subject of international efforts because of their cross-border effects and the impossibility that just one or a few nations can solve climate related problems on their own. These lesson plans attempt to help students realize and understand the impacts of climate change on different regions and people around the world.
Global Health: Globalization increases the frequency and ease with which diseases can move around the world. It can also improve access to the medicines, medical information, and training that can help treat or cure these diseases. These lesson plans focus on health issues that impact large sections of the globe.
International Conflict: These lesson plans study conflict areas, particularly conflicts that are rooted in cultural, religious, or ethnic disparity. Some lesson plans also discuss the nature of conflict itself and potential alternatives.
International Law: International law has become a vehicle for states to cooperate regarding new areas of international relations (such as the environment and human rights), often forcing individual nation states to cede power and sovereignty to international organizations. These lesson plans discuss the increasing role of institutions such as the World Bank and the United Nations on international law.
Migration: People may migrate in order to improve their economic situation, or in order to escape civil strife, persecution or environmental disasters. Spurred by globalization, the free flow of information, improved global communication and changes in transportation have manifested in increasing migration across the globe. These lesson plans address the issue of migration and its impact on cultures, economies, and politics.
Religion: These lesson plans build an understanding of different religions, and the impact of religious practice and ritual on everyday lives.
Trade: The growth of international trade over the past several decades has been the foundation of globalization. This section deals with issues of trade including free trade agreements, barriers to trade, currency, and specific case studies of interactions in the global economy.
Wildlife and Globalization: These lesson plans, pertaining to the impact of development, climate change, conflict, and cultural practices on the animal kingdom offer a great opportunity to engage students from a fresh perspective.
Women and Globalization:These lesson plans focus on how the role of women has been altered by globalization through increased economic, cultural and political opportunity.
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