Globalization

At A Glance

Definition:

"Globalization refers to a multidimensional set of social processes that create, multiply, stretch, and intensify worldwide social interdependencies and exchanges while at the same time fostering in people a growing awareness of deepening connections between the local and the distant." (Steger,2003)

Personal Reflection on what I have learned & how it has changed my global awareness:

The discussions, readings, assignments and videos throughout the course heightened my awareness of all the various issues and organizations relating to globalization. By the end of this class, I truly understand what Steger’s definition means. My understanding has improved on how all global economies effect each other. In addressing consumerism, the assignment of doing an inventory of our closet was an eye opening experience causing me to pay closer attention to what I am buying and where it is made. As a society, we overspend and have more "stuff" than we need. The week of discussion on the global economy institutions was helpful to further understand our connections and the history and evolution to get us to where we are today. The topic of immigration and the movie "Made in LA" provided a different perspective on how our immigration laws effect people and why and how immigrants strive to come to the United States. Reviewing how my company is connected internationally through our Lasallian mission, allowed me to see how I might be able to make a difference. When most of us think about globalization we envision what might be happening in countries abroad. However, the movie “Roger and Me” made the connection on how the United States is also part of this globe and how we have issues that need to be addressed as well. Learning more about multinational corporations, how they are structured, their power and influence helped to put things into perspective as you hear about issues about these companies in the media.

Globalization Topics & Issues

Suggested Media relating to Globalization

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, money -- and love

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Jessica+Jackley%3a+Poverty%2c+money+--+and+love&view=detail&mid=A154C96B24F0972E4EE7A154C96B24F0972E4EE7&FORM=VIRE


Movie "Made In LA"

Initial release: June 15, 2007

Director: Almudena Carracedo


Movie "Roger & Me"

Initial release: 1989

Director: Michael Moore


Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus Interview on Worldview

https://soundcloud.com/wbez-worldview/nobel-prize-winner-mohammad-yunus-and-social-entrepeneurship

The UN's 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

17 Goals to Transform our World

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I have an improved perspective on what being a global citizen is. As global citizens we share this planet and we also share in the responsibility for taking care of it. We all have certain rights and duties. However we also have the ability to potentially make a difference, even if it’s a small one. Our society seems to be driven by making a profit without being concerned of the consequence. If our culture can shift even slightly and start to implement what we learned about social entrepreneurship and the impact of microfinance, then change may occur. These are excellent examples of the possibilities.

Citations:

Steger, M. B. (2003). Globalization: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press


Timmerman, Kelsey. Where am I Wearing. Somerset, US: Wiley, 2012. ProQuest ebrary. Web. 21 March 2016.


UN Sustainability Goals:

https://www.unglobalcompact.org/what-is-gc/our-work/sustainable-development/sdgs/17-global-goals