Globalization

Global Geopolitical, Environmental, and Economic Issues

Daily Plan Organized around Focus Questions

Global Issues Introduction & Forum: How complex and interrelated are the challenges that face the global community?

Day 1: How do population growth and climate change interact?

Day 2: Is a democratic liberalism the only approach to tackling global challenges?

  • TED Talks on effective government
    TED: Rory Stewart: Why democracy matters
    TED: Eric X. Li: A tale of two political systems
  • Introduce Friedman’s Hot, Flat, and Crowded
    ♦ “The New Population Bomb…,” Foreign Affairs reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues
    ♦ “Population and Sustainability,” Scientific America reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues

Day 3: Is a democratic liberalism the only approach to tackling global challenges?

  • TED Talks on effective government    
    TED: Maajid Nawaz: A global culture to fight extremism
  • Introduce Thomas Friedman and Hot, Flat, and Crowded
    New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman addresses a packed Chapin Hall at Williams College in April 2006 with an insightful look at globalization: “The World is Flat: Some Second Thoughts.” [Flatteners 5mins – 35mins]

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4kTXwxwO8hY
    ♦ “Follow the Money,” The New York Times

Day 4: Why does Friedman argue that the world is “hot, flat, & crowded”?

Day 5: How critical has the climate crisis become?

Day 6: How does income inequality affect the global economy?

Day 7: Why does Friedman argue that the world is “hot, flat, & crowded”?

Day 8: What is the impact of fossil fuel use?

Day 9: What is geopolitics? How extensive are America’s geopolitical interests?

  • DISCUSS: Geopolitical Challenges of Russia & Syria
     “Revenge of Geography,” Foreign Policy reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues
    ♦ “Putin’s Empire of Mind,” Foreign Policy
    ♦ “Why the World Needs America,” The Wall Street Journal reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues
    Response: Why does the World Need America?

Day 10: How complex are the geopolitical interests of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, and Iran?

  • DISCUSS: Turkey’s Geopolitical Challenges
    ♦ “The Arab Upheavals And The Turkish Perception Vis-À-Vis The West,” Arab Studies Quarterly
    Outline Assignment to examine structure for upcoming Research Paper

     “The Long War Between Sunni And Shia,” New Statesman
  • Research & Write Forum Précis

Day 11: Global Issues Forum: Climate Change, Resource Depletion, & Scarcity

Day 12: Global Issues Forum: Global Poverty & Health

  • Student presentations and discussion of Forum topics
    TED: Josette Sheeran: Ending hunger now
    ♦ “Virus Hunter,” Time reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues
    ♦ “The Blue Food Revolution,” Scientific American reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues

Day 13: Global Issues Forum: Geopolitics

Day 14: Global Issues Forum: War & Justice

  • Student presentations and discussion of Forum topics
    TED: Kevin Bales: How to combat modern slavery
    ♦ “War in the Fifth Domain,” The Economist reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues
    ♦ “Geneva Conventions,” Foreign Policy reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues
    ♦ “Peacekeepers at War,” The Wall Street Journal reprinted in edited form in Annual Editions: Global Issues

Day 15: On what global issue will you become an expert?

  • Review of topics & new ideas
  • Review Research Paper and TED Talk Plan & Claim topics

Days 16-20: Research Paper Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Research and note taking for paper

Day 21: Research Paper Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Organize notes for outline of the paper.
    Directed organizational lesson

Days 22-24: Research Paper Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Drafting paper

Day 25: Why does Friedman argue that the world is “hot, flat, & crowded”?

  • Hot, Flat, & Crowded chpts. 3-8 quiz & discussion

Day 26: Research Paper Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Work on drafting papers to be turned in for review by Day 30 at the latest.
    Peer Conferencing Exercise

Day 27: How can we all invest in making the world a better place?

Day 28: Research Paper/ TED Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Work on drafting papers to be turned in for review by Day 30 at the latest.
    Peer Conferencing Exercise

Day 29: How can we all invest in making the world a better place?

Day 30: TED Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Last Day to submit paper for review
  • DISCUSS TED Talk construction

Day 31: TED Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Review & Practice of TED Talks

Day 32: How can we all invest in making the world a better place?

  • KIVA: pairs advocate for their choice of investment

Day 33: TED Workshop/ Hot, Flat, and Crowded

  • Review & Practice of TED Talks

Day 34: How can we all invest in making the world a better place?

  • KIVA: make investment

Day 35: Why does Friedman argue that the world is “hot, flat, & crowded”?

  • Hot, Flat, & Crowded chpts. 9-14 quiz & discussion

 Day 36: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

 Day 37: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

 Day 38: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

 Day 39: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

 Day 40: Why does Friedman argue that the world is “hot, flat, & crowded”?

  • Hot, Flat, & Crowded chpts. 15-17 quiz & discussion

Day 41: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

Day 42: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

Day 43: TED Talks

  • 2-3 TED talks, depending on class size

Day 44: Debrief TED Talks

Day 45: Debrief Course