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.
- Students will be able to define and discuss the concept of globalization.
- Students will see the effects of globalization in their own lives, in the US, and abroad.
- Students will explore the positive and negative effects of globalization.
- This lesson requires Internet access.
- For a look at definitions and examples of issues surrounding globalization, go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/programmes/globalisation/
- For Case Studies about globalization, go to http://www.globalpolicy.org/globaliz/special/index.htm
Activities and Procedures:
- Find four objects in the room that say “Made In ”. Write down the object, where it was made, and by what company.
- Read the IMF description What Is Globalization? and have students summarize it in their own words.
- Form groups of four. Create a group definition of globalization.
- Using a blank world map, have groups research and draw out the production pathways of four of the objects from step 1.
- Read the Levi's Case Study (on the What Is Globalization? Handout) with group and answer questions.
- 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
- Summarize the Case Study
- Show how the Case Study is an example of globalization, according to the group definition
- Highlight the positive and negative effects of globalization in the case.
Tying It Together:
- From the Case Study presentations, create a class list of the positives and negatives described in regard to the effects of globalization.
- Related lessons: You, Me and the PPP, Where Are My Clothes Made?