Month: April 2013

Globalization, Project 1

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.

I&S 10: Intro to Globalization

What is Globalization?

When did globalization start?

What are the trends in globalization?

You are going to work in groups brainstorming how you are influenced or influence globalization. Each group will be given the following heading:

  1. Transport and communications technology, globalization and me
  2. Economic interactions and flows, globalization and me
  3. Environmental change, globalization and me
  4. Socio-cultural change, globalization and me
  5. Poitical outcomes, globalization and me

Using the pens provided generate a list of as many ways as possible you and your group are influenced by or influence each of the topics.

You will be asked to share your findings with the class.

I&S9: Hosting the Olympics

In class, we have discussed the process cities must go through to host Olympic games. We have also discussed the benefits and drawbacks of doing so.

We have also discussed how Tokyo, Madrid and Istanbul are now in the run for hosting the 2020 Summer Games

Form three evenly numbered groups, then:

  • —Create a 5 minute PowerPoint (or Prezzi)  presentation (10 slides max) describing the benefits and drawback for your city of hosting the Olympic games.
  • The slides may not contain more than 5 words each. They should be used solely as visual aids and prompts, not essay pages.
  • —You may not read from a piece of paper or laptop either. All information must be in your own words.
  • Be ready to answer questions from your peers.

Issues to consider:

  • —Tourism Growth
  • —Income and multiplier effect
  • —Natural environment
  • —Infrastructure
  • —Demand for labor
  • —National pride
  • Foreign policy goals
  • —Awareness of sports
  • —Sense of community
  • —Empowerment of low-income residents
—Instead of giving broad generalizations about the benefits and drawbacks of hosting the Olympic games, give examples that are specific to your city.
  • —For example, Beijing’s infrastructure changed drastically before the Olympics; rebuilding entire neighborhoods, adding highways and subway lines and moving factories further away from the Capital. The city was quite literally unrecognizable once all had been built.
  • —On the other hand London, while it did make significant changes,  took a much more conservative approach with a mix of new venues, existing and historic sites, and temporary facilities. London looks very much the same today as it did before the games.

Finally, you will have to answer one specific question related to your city:

Istanbul: Istanbul is a very old city (almost 3000 years old) with significant historical importance. Opponents to the Istanbul bid argue that construction of olympic facilities and new transport infrastructure would inevitably damage Istanbul’s historic architecture. Evaluate the Istanbul planning committee’s plan to protect it’s historical heritage.

Tokyo: Tokyo lost the 2016 olympic bid mainly due to a lack of public support from Japanese people. Especially since the events of March 11, 2011, Japanese people feel that rebuilding Tohoku is much more important at the moment than hosting the Olympic Games. Evaluate the Japanese Olympic Committee’s plan to regain the Japanese public’s support for the games, especially regarding issues relating to Tohoku.

Madrid: Spain is in the middle of one of the worst financial crisis in the country’s history. Banks are being bailed-out, and the country is receiving aid from the European Union to alleviate the crisis. Evaluate the Madrid olympic committee’s stance that Hosting the Olympic games would actually help boost Spain’s economy.

IBDP HL: Anti-Globalization

You will need to be able to discuss anti-globalization movements.

First, read What is anti-globalization?

Then each of you will read and comment on one of teh following:

Harper’s Magazine: The Anti-Economist

The Guardian: We can now see the true cost of globalisation

The video: The Battle of Seatle, ten years later

As a class, discuss this statement: The greatest weapon of mass destruction is corporate economic globalization.

IBDP: Political outcomes: Loss of sovereignty

  • Discuss the links between the diminishing effectiveness of political borders and the flow of goods, capital, labour and ideas, and the role of one multi‑governmental organization such as the European Union (EU), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and MERCOSUR (the common market of South America).
  • Discuss the shift of power from nation state to TNCs as a result of their economic size and dominance. 
  • Compare the wealth of TNCs with that of nation states.

IGCSE: Clouds

Cloud types

Cloud types

For the IGCSEs, you will need to be able to recognize,  identify, and explain the weather prediction of the following types of clouds.

  • Cirrus
  • Stratus
  • Cumulus
  • Cumulonimbus

Also, be able to explain the four main ways that clouds are formed.  

Cloud formation

Create a 1 page cheat-sheet, with labeled diagrams and photographs, explaining the different types of clouds and the main ways they are formed.

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