Discussion: Globalization



Globalization is the process of interaction and integration among people, companies, and governments worldwide. As a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, globalization is considered by some as a form of capitalist expansion which entails the integration of local and national economies into a global, unregulated market economy. Globalization has grown due to advances in transportation and communication technology. With the increased global interactions comes the growth of international trade, ideas, and culture. Globalization is primarily an economic process of interaction and integration that’s associated with social and cultural aspects. However, conflicts and diplomacy are also large parts of the history of globalization, and modern globalization. Please view this outtake about globalization and interpretation of visual evidence.  Answer the questions below, then comment on the perspectives of two of your colleagues. (9points for Original post, 6 for commenting on your colleagues’ posts).

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  1. Image A is typical of images emphasizing the economic consequences of globalization. Does globalization appear to be a force that is subject to human control? How would you define globalization?
  2. Compare image A with image B. Is there a connection between the accelerating flows of money and goods and restrictions on the movement of people?
  3. In image C, the woman’s medical mask names globalization as the enemy of workers. What does this say about the local conflict over the conditions of labor in a globalized economy?


Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka (1954)

In 1896, the United States Supreme Court declared in Plessy v. Ferguson that the doctrine of “separate but equal” was constitutional. In 1954, the United States Supreme Court overturned that decision and ruled unanimously against school segregation. For this week’s assignment you will be looking at the American Yawp sections for “The Affluent Society”. Read through this document and answer the questions below. You should answer the questions completely and concisely. Submission guidelines at bottom.


Brown v the Board of Education of Topeka (1954)  (Links to an external site.)

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1) In what way did the 1954 Brown decision by the Supreme Court mark a departure from its previous course? In what way did it not?

2) What were the successful tactics and tools used in the Montgomery boycott that were used in similarly successful struggles?

3) What does this show about the changing cultural and political climate in the U.S., and what were the push backs against these changes?

Guidelines for submissions:

Sufficient = 5-10 sentences (85-100 words), substantive, addresses the prompt and is respectful of other classmates.

Insufficient = lacking in terms of length (2-3 sentences/ 50-80 words) and/or substance.

Poor = sparse (1-2 sentence/ <50 words) and/or lacking substance and/or does not address the prompt.

Your posts should address all aspects of the discussion prompt, be a minimum of 85 words and be substantive.

Substance means providing individual insight, engagement, and depth on a topic.