This module is part of the BBC Reith Lecture series. It is one of four lectures by Professor Anthony Giddens from the London School of Economics. The lecture is Gidden?s sociological analysis of the effects of globalization on our changing economy and society. What is unique about this site is that the lecture can be read as text, listened to in audio format, or even downloaded as streaming video.
To help students appreciate the rapid changes that globalization is bringing to society and to help students understand the concept of globalization in political, technological and cultural terms.
Target Student Population:
Could be undergraduates or graduates in any social science discipline. It could also be used in English courses to highlight various types of arguments, presentations, as well as foreign language classes.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
None really; only basic college reading skills
Type of Material:
Both a resources and a complete self-contained multi-media lecture.
An Internet browser at a minimum in order to read the lecture. If one wants to view the lecture or listed to the audio then a media player is needed. If a user has a dial-up Internet connection the material may be slow to download or launch.
Evaluation and Observation
The module can be used as a stand-alone lecture or as a supplemental resource. The content of the module is well written, engaging and easy to understand. The lecture helps students to broaden their understanding of globalization to include political, cultural and technological dimensions. Excellent examples help to bring the concepts to life. There is also an assignment attached with this module that can be used in class with discussion groups.
Both reviewers really had no major concerns about this module. As part of the BBC site, it serves its purpose. Other instructors may wish to come up with their own discussion questions for this module. The lecture is provocative and can stimulate controversial responses in students, especially in a class of international students.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
Excellence In short, this module is very adaptable to just about any type of social science course, as well for courses in business. With some ingenuity on the part of the instructor, the module could be assigned in conjunction with themes pertaining to the sociological implications of globalization. In addition, there is a question and answer session that follows the audio lecture. There are currently two attached assignments linked to this module on MERLOT.
An instructor using this module may want to include a list of key supplemental readings that complement the module.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
This module scores high on ease of use, with one warning (see below). The site is very visually appealing, and given the capability to either use audio or video streaming, the module is cool to use in the classroom too (with video). Students can also be assigned this as an on-line module.
If one wants to view the lecture or listed to the audio then a media player is needed. If a user has a dial-up Internet connection the material may be slow to download or launch. In addition, some media players may have difficulty recognizing the format.