Title: What is Globalization?

Grade Level:  10-12

Subject(s)/CA Standards: Social Studies 12.2, 12.4, Economics, Government

Overview: An introduction to the concept of globalization and world markets.

Purpose:  To better understand the concept of globalization and world markets by using visible examples.



  1. This lesson requires Internet access.
  2. For a look at definitions and examples of issues surrounding globalization, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/globalisation/
  3. For Case Studies about globalization, go to http://www.globalpolicy.org/globaliz/special/index.htm

Activities and Procedures:

  1. Find four objects in the room that say “Made In           ”.  Write down the object, where it was made, and by what company.
  2. Read the IMF description What Is Globalization? and have students summarize it in their own words.  
  3. Form groups of four.  Create a group definition of globalization.
  4. Using a blank world map, have groups research and draw out the production pathways of four of the objects from step 1.
  5. Read the Levi's Case Study (on the What Is Globalization? Handout) with group and answer questions.
  6. Assign each group a different Case Study from http://www.globalpolicy.org/globaliz/special/index.htm and have them present their information to the class in the following format

Tying It Together:

  1. From the Case Study presentations, create a class list of the positives and negatives described in regard to the effects of globalization.  
  2. Related lessons:  You, Me and the PPP, Where Are My Clothes Made?