For better or worse, the world has been steadily moving closer and closer together. Helped by developments in technology, countries and transnational corporations have been facilitating an ever increasing connection and flow of people, goods, ideas, and culture between countries. For many, this has been very beneficial; for others, things have gotten worse. In this unit, we explore the causes, processes, and impacts of globalisation.
Session 1 – Travels of T-Shirts
In this first lesson, we begin to explore the concept of globalisation by examining something that links us all directly to it — our clothing!
Session 2 – The Origins and History of Globalisation
Many tend to consider globalisation to be a modern phenomenon. However, the beginnings of global interconnectedness started a long time ago! In this lesson, we will research and present examples of global connections from various periods of globalisation history.
Session 3 – “Exploration and Exploitation”
Today, we examine the age of European expansion in closer detail to see how this period of history connects to the modern world.
Session 4 – “MNCs and Modern Globalisation”
Multinational corporations are the driving force behind modern globalisation. Of central importance is the need to adapt to different cultural contexts all around the globe. In the first project, you will take on this challenge!
Session 5 – Globalisation and Yokohama
For our final project for this unit, we will explore the history of international exchange and Yokohama. We will complete multiple activities, including historical research, mapping, fieldwork, and essay writing.