Check out our Internet Project “Defining Globalization” in World Geography, which guides students through several curated sites before asking them to take an object and identify its supply chain. A great supplement to this project are the resources at Where does your T-shirt come from? from KQED.
But their analysis of globalization needn’t end there — use the chronology to locate the 2013 Bangladesh building collapse, the world’s worst industrial accident to date. The deaths of those textile workers raise additional questions about globalization such as workplace safety and workers’ rights. Are cheap products worth the price?
One avenue of investigation is to consider the TYPE of globalization we have today. According to the Center for Economic Research and Policy’s blog, deliberate policy choices were responsible for globalization in goods but not in services. (CEPR is a left-of-center Washington, DC think tank.) Do your students agree with this analysis? What evidence would they marshal to support their arguments?
[The featured image is a photo of a container ship loading at Copenhagen, taken August 2003 by User:Stan Shebs.]