The Globalization 101 module provides interdisciplinary information on global issues from an economic, political, and cultural vantage. The site addresses the implications of globalization on culture, economic development, political costs and the general well-being of people. The goal is to provide a balanced view and challenge the reader to think about the controversies surrounding globalization.
The primary learning objective is to provide a comprehensive discussion of globalization that allows the reader to form their own opinions on the topics. It moves towards this goal by providing an interdisciplinary approach to information. Other learning goals include the following:
Demonstrate knowledge of terms related to the study of globalization. Identify effects of cultural globalization. Evaluate the international penetration of American goods as a means of measuring globalization. Analyze an international trade dispute surrounding global cultural concerns.
Target Student Population:
This site most likely would be used as at the high school level but it could be used an introduction in a undergraduate level marketing or international business class.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
A very basic understanding of economics, history, geography, anthropology, and political institutions would be useful as background material. However, these are not required.
Type of Material:
Website with lesson plans and exercises.
This module could serve as the foundation material for a more advanced discussion on globalization.
Computer and web browser.
Evaluation and Observation
The strengths lie in the interdisciplinary information that is provided. The materials effectively integrate the various views of globalization. For example, both the cultural and economic impacts of globalization are discussed together. Just like in the real world, it is not possible to isolate one element of globalization without the broader consideration of other issues.
The timeliness of the postings is also important. Since the global arena is constantly in change, the discussion remains reasonably timely.
Since all of the postings are in English, there could easily be a bias in the points of views.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The for teachers tab offers an array of lesson plans for teachers on the various subtopics of globalization. These are saved as Microsoft Word files that can be quickly downloaded. Interesting objectives, lessons and activities are suggested for each topic. Discussion questions are also provided. Each lesson plan offers a variety of approaches for the instructor.
The module is excellent for high school (note the relations to state Standards of Learning "SOLs") but at times can be a bit basic for higher education. Used in the correct setting, it could be a most valuable supplement to tradtional textbooks.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
The module is extremely easy to understand and implement.
Other Issues and Comments:
The links are valuable and the basic information timely. These are difficult to find in one location. Globalization 101 succeeds in providing an excellent resource for developing a cross-disciplinary appreciation of the challenges of globalization.