In the past few weeks, we have been discussing Globalization, the technological, economic and social factors that make our world more (or less) connected, and some of its benefits and drawbacks.
Today, each group will answer one of the following question, with the use of a detailed case study.
You will present your findings on Thursday, May 2nd.
Questions 1: Rich vs Poor?
We have discussed the concepts of core-periphery in describing the level of interconnectedness of countries, and their respective roles in the world economy.
With the use of 2 case studies, discuss the interconnectedness of two region in the producing, manufacturing and selling of one consumer good. (your CS can be two regions within a country or two countries)
Question 2: The internet took my baby!
Explain how the internet works. Then, using one LEDC as a case study, explain the recent trends in its internet adoption, and specific changes the internet has had on the country’s people and culture. (not the economy) Consider ideas such as food, music, culture, language, family values, literacy etc.
Question 3: It’s not you, it’s Facebook.
Social media like Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr have changed the way people relate to each other. Using real scientific research to back up your arguments, debate the argument that the growth of virtual relationships produced a qualitative shift in the way people relate to each other in the real world.
Question 4: Taking care of business.
We have discussed the controversial role of the IMF, the WTO and the World Bank in “helping” countries with economic problems. Using a specific case study, explain the measures one of these organizations have taken to assist a country with financial problems. Using specific examples, explain the consequences of these measures on the receiving country’s people. (not necessarily its economy)
Question 5: Watashiwa lovin’ it!
McDonalds has over 31 000 restaurants in 118 countries and 1.4 million employees. It is the symbol of American success, but also a symbol of corporate greed. Describe the economic rise of the McDonald’s corporation, and the ways the franchise has been able to adapt its product to local markets. Finally, discuss whether McDonald’s differentiation of menues depending on local tastes and dietary requirements is good or bad for the local culture.
Question 6: Globalizawhat?
Give a detailed account of the lifestyle of a specific group who has not been a part of the new globalized world. Explain how the group was able to stay away from modern society and the impacts of recent contact with the wider world. Acceptable examples could be the Dani tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Amish of America etc.
Question 7: Down with their heads!
There has been a lot of backlash against corporations, globalization and multi-country summits, such as occupy wall street, the battle of Seattle, and the Quebec city riots. Explain the role of protest in the debate over globalization, and offer a reasoned argument presented by the people who oppose the globalization movement. Be careful, they are not necessarily anti-globalization…
***All answers must be presented in the form of a skit. Scripts must be handed in Thursday, May 2nd at the begining of class. Be creative.