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First Steps in a Course Unit on Globalisation

Approach 1: Questionnaire

Since globalisation is ubiquitous as a catch phrase, carrying out a survey using a questionnaire provides a meaningful opportunity for introducing as many people (if possible, outside the bounds of your school) as possible to the topic. For instance, groups could be formed to question different groups of persons in the local area (men – women; shops owners – administrative personnel etc.). The questions answered with a tick should be evaluated quantitatively, with the remaining questions being evaluated qualitatively, and the results presented in the form of a graph.

Approach 2: Discussion Rounds

Since it can be assumed that some advance knowledge is available on globalisation from the media, an open discussion provides a good method for making an initial start on the topic. The following diagram may provide a good starting point. The discussion round directs the participants attention towards the diverse range of topics 'somehow' related to 'globalisation' (legitimisation, environment, human rights, politics and commerce). Each bubble and both methods of approach (clockwise and anticlockwise) could be used as an initial starting point for the discussion

Approach 3: Current Articles in the Press or Content from the Internet

We come across reports in newspapers, magazine and the Internet every day which could amply serve as an initial approach in an course unit on globalisation. This applies independent of the core emphasis to be set, and the didactic perspectives which have been chosen. The following brief report emphasises the economic dimension of globalisation

Levi Strauss Axes 3,300 Jobs in the USA

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP, 09/04/2002). The jeans manufacturer Levi Strauss is shrinking: the mainstream US company recently reported that it intends to axe 3,300 jobs representing some 20 percent of its total employee base in the United States. Moreover, six of the company's eight factories in the USA are to be shut down over the course of the next year in order to contract out production abroad, where wage costs are lower.
As a result, Levi Strauss will fulfill a plan according to which the company will no longer manufacture its own clothing, but concentrate on marketing and development. The company states that restructuring is necessary so that the company can remain competitive. Two factories in the USA are to remain in operation, to leverage short-term reactions to potential increases in demand. Levi Strauss is the oldest jeans manufacturer in the world. The company was originally founded in New York, in 1853, by the German immigrant Levi Strauss and his brother.

[Author: Ragnar Müller]

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