In this online lesson, we take a look at the meaning and nature of globalisation, along with its advantages and disadvantages. We also explore some of the patterns of trade, and consider whether we are experiencing deglobalisation.
WHAT YOU'LL STUDY IN THIS ONLINE LESSON
Additional teacher guidance is available at the end of this lesson. Thank you to Cathy Williams and Jon Clark for their contributions to this lesson.
HOW TO USE THIS ONLINE LESSON
Follow along in order of the activities shown below. Some are interactive game-based activities, designed to test your understanding and application of globalisation and trade patterns. Others are based on short videos, including activities for you to think about and try at home, as well as some extra worksheet-based activities.
If you would like to download a simple PDF worksheet to accompany the video activities, you can download it here. You can print it off and annotate it for your own notes, or make your own notes on a separate piece of paper to add to your school/college file.
ACTIVITY 1: VIDEO - GLOBALISATION...CAUSES AND CHARACTERISTICS
In this introductory video, we explore the meaning of globalisation, and take a closer look at some of its characteristics and causes. There is a also a chance to practise writing analytical paragraphs.
ACTIVITY 2: GAME - UK EXPORTS AND IMPORTS
How involved in international trade is the UK? Find out more by playing this interactive game!
ACTIVITY 3: VIDEO - EVALUATING GLOBALISATION
There are winners and losers from globalisation. Find out more about the advantages and disadvantages of globalisation in this video.
ACTIVITY 4: WIDER READING AND RESEARCH ON TRADE PATTERNS
There are tonnes of resources available online to help you find out more about globalisation and trade patterns We've selected some of our favourites for this activity.
Finally, download this Trade Patterns and Statistics worksheet and follow the instructions on it, to help build your notes on this topic.
ACTIVITY 5: VIDEO - DEGLOBALISATION
Some commentators argue that globalisation is in reverse, or at least slowing down ("slowbalisation"). Find out more in this video.
ACTIVITY 6: GAME - GLOBAL EXPORT VALUES
Deepen your knowledge of trade patterns and globalisation by having a go at this tricky Tug-of-War game.
Here are two articles from The Economist magazine. Read the articles, then identify as many economic key terms as you can, and decide whether you agree or disagree with the arguments made.
After reading the articles, try to make a prediction about what global trade might look like in 2 to 5 years time.
ADDITIONAL TEACHER GUIDANCE
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