What is globalisation?

1. How global are you?

Take a piece of scrap paper and draw a human body outline. Draw yourself and what you are wearing. For each of your items of clothing,accessories and attachments (mobile phone, mp3 player, watch) find out where it was made and mark that information on the image.
How global does that make you? How dependent are you on other countries? Which countries are dependent on you and your lifestyle?

2. Photo Editor

You have the role of a photo editor for a geographical textbook company – you need to choose images that illustrate the above definition of globalisation. Use compfight.com to search the 4 billion+ images on Flickr. Try and find images that illustrate the following:

  • ‘growing interdependence of countries’
  • ‘increasing volume of cross-border transactions’
  • ‘variety of cross-border transactions’
  • ‘increasing volume of international capital flows’
  • ‘widespread diffusion of technology’
  • a ‘perfect’ image that summarizes the definition as a whole

Using compfight.com you should have ‘Safe Search’ on and discuss the different ‘Creative Commons’ settings.

3. A goodie or a baddie?

Listen to Doreen Massey (2006) ‘Is the world really shrinking?’. Focus upon 2:40 – 11:15 minutes. It offers a note-taking opportunity for the positive and negative aspects of globalisation, and highlight debatable aspects. [Idea Source]

Split a sheet of paper into four and give each section the following titles to produce a note making frame:

Current positive aspects of globalisation Current negative aspects of globalisation
Future positive aspects of globalisation Future negative aspects of globalisation

4. Globalisation: good or bad?

Click the link above to read the Guardian article of the same title.

Explain what the following terms / words / acronyms mean:

  • Income Gap
  • Protectionist Measures
  • Free Market
  • Multinational Corporations
  • Sweatshop Labour
  • Multilateral Organisations
  • WTO
  • IMF
  • World Bank

For each of the following statements, which are based upon the Guardian news article, discuss the arguments that agree and disagree with them:

  • Globalization widens the development gap
  • For globalization to work there needs to be free trade
  • Globalization allows multinational corporations have too much power over governments.
  • Globalization means that workers in poorer countries are exploited by multinational corporations
  • Globalized multilateral organisations such as the IMF and World Banks are non-democratic and have too much power

You can also use this link to the Guardian’s Globalisation site:


Video – Globalisation is Good by Johan Norberg

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“As globalization and technological advances bring us hurtling towards a new integrated future, Ian Goldin warns that not all people may benefit equally. But, he says, if we can recognize this danger, we might yet realize the possibility of improved life for everyone.” Source

“The “dismal science” truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone’s predictions.” Source

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