Globalization is the process of increasing international connections across the globe, through technological advances in communication and transportation. We live in an increasingly globalized world. Globalization involves people, products, and information traveling across cultures and national borders. Globalization occurs in at least three areas:
Economic globalization, which occurs through international business and finance;
Political globalization, which occurs through political cooperation and influence between different countries, and
Social globalization, which occurs through the exportation and importation of ideas, information, media, and culture.
STEP 2: GLOBALIZATION, CULTURAL IMPERIALISM, and AMERICANIZATION
Globalization has advantages and disadvantages and affects different communities differently. It is controversial, because it can have negative impacts on local communities, and because it operates within already existing hierarchies, in which certain groups and countries have more power than others.
Watch the following video on “cultural imperialism,” a debatable concept that interprets globalization as certain cultures dominating and even destroying others. Take careful notes. Type up your thoughts on how convincing you find this concept, and whether you think globalization has overall positive or negative effects.
Watch Western Cultural Imperialism
Carefully read and look at the map showing the presence of American companies McDonald’s and Starbucks across the world, attached below. This map reveals how much economic and social influence the US has across the world, through the exportation of these companies and products worldwide.
Then, carefully read this article on the economic dominance of American companies globally.
Type up your thoughts on how dominant the US is economically and culturally, and what you think that means for whether globalization is overall positive or negative. Is it ethical for American companies, already the richest in the world, to profit further from the citizens in other, poorer countries? Is “globalization” really just another word for “Americanization?” Should one culture take over and subsume others?
STEP 3: THE “GLOBAL VILLAGE”
Some scholars have challenged the idea that globalization brings us together and helps us communicate across difference.
Take careful notes. Type up your thoughts on how convincing you find this argument.
STEP 4: ARCHIVE WHAT YOU LEARNED
Save your notes as the seventh entry in your journal. Specifically, note which of these perspectives on globalization you find most convincing, and why. Does globalization have an overall positive or negative relationship with diversity?
Write a 2-3 page (double-spaced) essay in which you argue a specific claim about globalization, drawing from the resources provided in Lesson 7 to support your claim. For example, you could choose to agree or disagree with one of the perspectives in the sources, or you could argue for globalization being overall positive, overall negative, or somewhere in between. Structure your paper using the below guideline:
INTRODUCTION (1 paragraph): Start your paper by defining globalization in your own words and explaining why it is an important issue. Include a thesis statement where you make a specific claim about globalization and culture/diversity. Provide a roadmap where you map out your paper and list the subpoints you will elaborate on in your body paragraphs.
BODY (3-4 paragraphs): Divide your body into 3-4 paragraphs according to subpoints that support your thesis, and place them in a logical order. Use reasoning, details, and quotes from the sources in Lesson 7 to support your claims. If you look up any additional sources, you must cite them correctly using APA format. You MUST reference 2-3 sources from Lesson 7 even if you do look up additional sources.
CONCLUSION (1 paragraph): Restate your thesis. Explain how the information in your paper can be applied moving forward.
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