This is an extremely thorough website providing an extensive amount of information on globalization and global change. It includes links to sites on issues of globalization, a glossary of terms, key theories, current books and articles, relevant players and organizations in globalization, etc. Each site contains numerous links to other websites with yet more links and additional information.
Specifically, this site contains information on six issues regarding globalization. 1. What is globalization? 2. How does globalization affect women? 3. Does globalization cause poverty? 4. Why are so many people opposed to globalization? 5. Does globalization diminish cultural diversity? 6. Can globalization be controlled? For each of the issues there is a number of additional links to additional information sources.
The website has the following goals: -To shed light on the process of globalization and contribute to discussions of its consequences. -To explain the many meanings of globalization and clarify the debates surrounding the direction and impact of global change. -To serve as a guide to the social scientific literature and other currently available resources on globalization.
The site discusses the major principles, issues and varying opinions around globalization.
Target Student Population:
The material would be useful for any business/management class focusing on international issues such as international management, international marketing, international human resource management, international economics etc. It could also supplement a chapter on Globalization in an Introduction to Management class. It can provide a countervailing voice to the dominant pro-capitalist expansionist notion that globalization is value neutral and beneficial to society.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
No specific prerequisites are required but students should have a basic understanding of the principles of international trade.
Type of Material:
The site is a supplement to class lectures and readings. Instructors could use the material as a homework assignment by asking students to answer the 6 questions themselves after researching each area. It is a very good introduction to the topics surrounding globalization.
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Evaluation and Observation
Globalization is a complex but timely topic, and this site does a good job of identifying, describing and discussing some of the main issues around globalization. It also provides links to excellent international sites and reports from which students can read original data. It provides a rich source of information for students interested in learning more about globalization.
It seems after reading this material that the author does not favor globalization. It would be unfortunate for students to be persuaded too strongly to adopt this view without the instructor providing reference materials supporting the other side of the issue. However, most textbooks in business present a pro-capitalist expansionist view, so this site could be used as a counterbalance. Also, well over half of the links are no longer working.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
This site provides insight into some of the key issues of concern around the growth of globalization. Students need to understand some of the social ramifications of multinational corporations rather than just focusing on the perceived financial benefits of expanding internationally.
While this website provides interesting information, it is geared more closely to an international relations/social policy perspective. The author is a Sociologist, and therefore it is understandable that the material would be interpreted in that framework.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The site is very well organized
The main concern here is that so many of the links are no longer in working order. There are many links that sound interesting but users will be unable to find them.
Other Issues and Comments:
A very rich source of information on globalization, with numerous links to a multitude of other sites.
Comments from Author:
The author wished to clarify that he is not, as suggested in the review, opposed to globalization.