Going Global Curriculum Introduction

Welcome to the Globalization Research Center's Going Global Curriculum

Anyone interested in understanding globalization should find Going Global's features -- Case Studies, a Contested Narrative overview, Websites -- quite useful and easy to use. Going Global asks users to examine stories of people caught up in the global economy, then explore information that helps to clarify the how and why of their circumstances, and finally develop a viewpoint about globalization, its causes and consequences. Rather than advocate any of the many views of globalization available, Going Global respects the user's ability to draw conclusions via critical thinking.

Here are some things you'll need to keep in mind, and some choices you have as you begin.

1. To start with you have several options:

A. You can read the Contested Narrative, and overview that provides general sense of what globalization involves.

B. Or you can try one our story/case studies. In each case study you'll find a short story about someone whose life is being dramatically affected by one or more global issues. You'll be asked to dig into what's going with this person, and come up with some answers to questions that person faces.

The Tranh Li case study also offers a short video telling her story.

C. You can open The Good Thinkers Tool Kit and use the questions there to help you explore the issues of globalization.

D. Under Resources, you may simply want to explore our Websites and Other References page and the links to a wide variety of online sources that relate to a full spectrum of opinions and information on globalization.

You can use any of the Going Global course features independently, or use all of them together.


2. The hyperlinked text passages for the case studies; David Sands, Tranh Li, etc.,-- are linked to online website sources. We have provided, a page of online links for each of these characters and the issues they face. Make sure that you're online, preferably with Microsoft Internet Explorer 5 or higher, then simply click on any of the website sources.


3. Our Website list is quite extensive and very useful, but given that globalization continues to change, no website list about the subject can be complete. Please don't be timid about trying other sources online as well, and if you find a particularly good one, please let us know. For suggesting links or alerting us to broken links, please email docberry@aol.com


4. The GAPP list offers an even more comprehensive, annotated list of sites to explore globalization on the web.

5. Organize with Profport and share and store up to 100 MB of data in your eBackpack. These help you create and display portfolios, exchange documents, or download materials from your instructor.

We wish you an interesting and useful exploration of Globalization.

Before starting, you are advised to check Going Global's system requirements.to confirm that you have the necessary browser plugins installed.

If you would like to visit the Globalization Research Center's main website, you can go to http://www.globalhawaii.org. If you have comments or questions about Going Global, please contact Paul Berry.