“Culture can be defined as the total of the inherited ideas, beliefs, values and knowledge which constitute the shared basis for social action” (Paul Guinness, 2011)
It is the way of life of a certain group of people, it makes sense of the world. It can determine people’s attitudes towards issues and give them a sense of identity. The natural environment has an impact of people’s lifestyle and it turn culture. Cultural differences can create conflict. The source of a cultural trait is called a cultural hearth.
Kwast Model of culture:
Cultural traits can include:
But as we have seen, globalization results in a mixing of culture.
In your groups, discuss: Have a consensus, one sentence answer for each question.
How has globalization shaped the perspective of your identity?
How are TCKs better prepared for today’s world?
How can this be seen as a problem?
Should all countries/people/culture globalize?
Would some people choose not to be a part of the globalized world? Give an example
The Kayapo indians of Brazil are a Native tribe that occupy a vast area of the Amazon rainforest. They have made contacts with the globalized world but are fighting to defend their culture and remain “unconnected”.
There are about around 100 uncontacted tribes in the world today.
There are 27 confirmed uncontacted groups of the Amazon –maybe up to 70
Around 15 in Peru
IN S. America alone, the uncontacted population is around 5 000 to 10 000 people – impossible to be exact
One of the Kayapo chiefs, Pukatire said: “The only things we need from the white culture are flip-flops, flashlights, and glasses” Discuss this statement
Should the Kayapo be protected from Globalization?
What are the risk fro them? For the world?
Discuss with your table group:
Can you think of other examples of cultural traits that should be protected from westernization?
You will now write about this unit in your Online Reflection Journals.
There is no prescribed theme, as long as it is about the development unit, so reflect on any part of your learning that you deem relevant: You can write about a part of your learningthat you feel was interesting and have something relevant to say, or that you can comment about the way you learned in this unit.
Here are a few prompts , ifyou need them:
How did you work on your communication skills in this unit? be specific in terms of goals and objectives
How has your perspective of world issues (or world problems) changed through this unit?
What questions were not answered in this unit that you would like to know more about? How could you learn more about the topics you care about?
How are the SDGs a good/not so good way of tackling world issues. Give examples.
Discuss the real-world relevance of a specific topic you learned about in this class. How can you use your knowledge to make a difference?
What was the most difficult part of this unit, and how did you overcome the difficulty?
Discuss the debate experience. What did you like? Where did you struggle? What would you do differently if you could?
In 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals: find out what they are and why they were devised here.
You will each make a bid to the class to persuade them of the importance of your allocated goal. You should explain why you believe your goal is the most important of the new sustainable development goal and therefore deserves the most funding. You have 2 minutes to explain what your goal means, and why it is so important.
But first, let’s talk about Communication ATLs.
What do you dislike about presenting in front of people?
What factors make a poor presentation?
What makes a good presentation?
What tips do you have to help people with public speaking?
Each one of you will have one specific goal to focus on as they present in front of the class.
-Picking countries with varying levels of development will be easier to compare and contrast, but you are free to pick any 2 countries.
-Look up the following indicators for both countries:
Infant Mortality Rate
GDP per capita
Human Development Index (HDI)
Write a blog post explaining the main differences you have noticed when looking at the indicators above. Can you explain why your two countries have such differences? Are the indicators interrelated? Explain your answer.
If you are done, find a partner and carefully read each-other’s blogposts. Then, comment on their blogs. Give an overall assessment of the reflection by agreeing, disagreeing and asking questions to further the discussion.
You are to take a question about religion and attempt to answer it, demonstrating research skills and an ability to communicate an understanding of multiple points of view.
Here are some example questions.
1) All world religions share the same characteristics? To what extent do you agree with this statement?
2) Analyze the effect of one world religion on one country? (i.e. Analyze has Buddhism affected Japan?)
3) If you want to understand a religion, it is important to understand how they organize their worship space. Citing a least two religions, analyze how the worship space (i.e Church/Mosque) reflects the values of the religion.
4) Evaluate how religion affected art? Use at least two religions in your work.
You will make your own analytical question. Just have it approved by the teacher.
You must create something that has at least 250 written words and a thesis statement. These words do not necessarily have to be in paragraph format, though that is an option.
You must answer the question as it is asked
You must include specific evidence to support your thesis statement. Evidence can be visual or written.
You must show analytical skills (how does the evidence help answer the question)