Today I tried a new lesson on globalization. As any history professor knows, most modern history courses end with this nebulous theme. Inspired by an all-college meeting I attended last week, I divided the class into 4 groups. Each was responsible for one “category” of globalization: Cultural, Economic, Political, and Environmental.
I gave each student a marker for the dry-erase board. They listed examples of globalization in each category. After the activity, we voted on which was the most obvious of the categories, and the overwhelming consensus was on economic globalization which makes sense. In so many ways, we encounter the world through our own consumerism, through our objects. And there is so much chatter on the news and elsewhere about the “global economy” and the “national economy.” That said, disparities between rich and poor all over the world have cultural, political, and environmental stories behind them. People may have been motivated by money, but money too is cultural.
Anyway, they came up with some great examples. This, I hope, will help their final projects, which are timelines. I will post the assignment when I can.