Are You For or Against Globalization?

Globalization has changed our world in complex ways, and there is an ongoing debate about whether globalization has been (and continues to be) a positive force in our society. In this activity, you will take and defend a position on globalization through a written assignment.

  1. Begin by researching globalization. Especially consider the pros and cons of globalization in both modern societies and throughout history. Crash Course provides a good video introduction to the debate.  You might consider topics such as:
    • Population movement, borders, and refugee crises
    • International bodies (UN, IMF, World Bank, ICC)
    • Free trade and the migration of industry
    • Global industrialization and climate change
    • The impact of the internet and social media
    • Reactions to globalization: protectionism, xenophobia, and new nationalist movements
    • Extremism and global terror
  2. Take a position on globalization. For the purposes of this assignment, you must either be in favor of globalization or against it.
  3. Write a paper arguing your position. Your paper must:
    • Argue a position for or against globalization, You must include at least THREE arguments for and THREE arguments against.  The best essays will demonstrate knowledge of both positions. 
    • be at least 500 words or more (approximately two double-spaced pages),
    • include at least two reputable sources.