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MERLOT II


    

Peer Review


Lesson Plan on Culture and Globalization

 

Ratings

Overall Rating:

4.9 stars
Content Quality: 4.8 stars
Effectiveness: 4.8 stars
Ease of Use: 5 stars
Reviewed: Apr 20, 2006 by Business Editorial Board
Overview: 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.
Learning Goals: 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.
Recommended Uses: This module could serve as the foundation material for a more advanced
discussion on globalization.
Technical Requirements: Computer and web browser.

Evaluation and Observation

Content Quality

Rating: 4.8 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: 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

Rating: 4.8 stars
Strengths: 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.
Concerns: 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

Rating: 5 stars
Strengths: The module is extremely easy to understand and implement.
Concerns:

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.