Geography 1000 / Fall 2018/ Dr.T/TH
(Re)thinking Global – Perspectives on GlobalizationASSIGNMENT: Short Essay #1(Online via Canvas)
SPECIFICATIONS: 3-4pgs (typed, double-spaced, 1’’ margins, 12 pt. font)
DESCRIPTION:Globalization has been described as “the increasing interconnectedness of people and places through converging processes of economic, political, and cultural change.”While driven, partly, by the international flow of commodities and the outsourcing of economic production, globalization has not resulted in gains for all. Across the globe, a number of complex problems have risen in the form of social, political, environmental, and labor issues. The ways these problems are expressed and our understanding of “global” depend a great deal on one’s perspective or point of view. In this assignment, you are asked to address some ways that global space is reflected through organizations and the internet, which — as a facilitator of time-space compression — allows access to a wider spectrum of groups and opinions than traditional print media. In this essay, you are encouraged:
to compare sites viewing globalization “from above” (e.g. the World Bank, or a major corporation) with those viewing it “from below” (e.g. the International Labor Organization).OR
to compare how processes of globalization, or how the meaning of the “global,” is depicted by the press, media-based websites, or even in programs like FSU Global and the FSU Center for Global Engagement. You are also encouraged to make use of your textbook (CH. 1). A number of websites/addresses are listed on the back of this page, but you are welcome to explore others as well.
QUESTIONSYour paper should address the following questions:
1. What is the term global or globalization used to represent?
2. What kind of information or stories are depicted on a particular site?
3. Do the websites help us understand geographical complexity (i.e., scale,landscape, different outcomes of global interconnectedness in different places andregions)?
4. Are processes of globalization celebrated or criticized on the sites, or neither? And, if so, why?
1. You may wish to compare just two websites, or you may prefer a broad survey of several.
2. Make a clear argument and use examples from the websites to illustrate your points. 3. Make connections between global processes depicted on the sites and concepts of globalization discussed in lectures, the textbook, and films.
4. When searching for ‘global’ or ‘globalization’ related stories on websites, it may be helpful to use keyword searches using different but related terms (e.g., transnationalism; global trade; multi-national corporations; international relations; global culture).
1. Globalization from the “top-down”http://www.wto.org/ — World Trade Organizationhttp://www.Worldbank.org/ — The World Bankhttp://www.imf.org/ — International Monetary Foundation
2. Globalization from the “bottom-up” http://www.ilo.org/ — International Labor Organizationhttp://occupywallst.org/ — Occupy Wall Streethttp://www.oneworld.org/ — Network of Activist Groups
3. Media Siteshttp://www.economist.com/ http://thediplomat.com/http://www.cnn.com/ http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/ http://www.thenation.com/ https://www.pambazuka.org/http://news.bbc.co.uk/ http://english.aljazeera.net/HomePage 4. Programshttps://global.fsu.edu/http://cge.fsu.edu/*The challenge is to be concise. Essays should not exceed four pages. The TA will be instructed not to read after the fourth page.**Essays will be marked down for not including bibliographic references. Footnotes, endnotes, or Harvard style (author, date; with references section) are all acceptable, but be consistent in formatting.