Social sciences through a globalized perspective. Creating a global curriculum By Athena Smith, Ph.D. Photos from www.burningwell.org (repository for public domain ). What are social sciences?.
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Creating a global curriculum
Athena Smith, Ph.D.
Photos from www.burningwell.org (repository for public domain )
Academic disciplines dealing with the study of the social life of groups and individuals
1.National curriculums adopt a global dimension
2. Common courses, with common content taught in various countries.
Global ethics curriculum
To become world citizens.
To reduce conflict.
To improve by learning through watching others
Europeans think Islam is dangerous
BBC NEWS | UK | Survey reveals Muslim attitudes
Chinese are rich
Chinese keep to themselves
Chinese are arrogant
Chinese think that money can buy anything
The three B syndrome: bombers, belly dancers, or billionaires.
21 major movies in the last ten years show our military killing Arabs.
Russell Baker: "Arabs are the last people except Episcopalians whom Hollywood feels free to offend en masse."
Overcome the “who cares” attitude
What to do and how to do it
Choose whom you can reach
The story of a pencil
The Second Auto Industry
12 million American jobs depend on trade, including 1 in 5 factory jobs.
One in 3 acres of U.S. farmland is planted for export
Many of the nation's biggest corporations, from Coca-Cola to Microsoft and Google, depend on substantial revenues from overseas.
We have entered a new global order based on cultural comparative advantage.
Japanese social discipline.
Indian intellectual rigor
Korean loyalty to superiors
YouTube - Traffic Chaos India
Enhance the courses with online materials from sources like Globalization 101 or international news sites
Advantages of Globalization 101 materials
Encompassing social sciences
Free (Can reach the poorest)
Add the global dimension to your courses
Enrich the text with current events
Assign projects to investigate which global forces shaped the particular event
to show people’s happiness and sorrow-role playing
To show common needs and practices
To exchange travel experiences
Discuss stories with common justice messages (Indian Fairy Tales )
Learn anti-discriminatory language
Role-playing teaches respect
Different family settings
Different customs and art (dances, theatre, music, humor)
From Dan Griswold’s Trading Tyranny for Freedom: How Open Markets Till the Soil for Democracy. “Economic integration promotes civil and political freedoms directly by opening a society to new technology, communications, and democratic ideas... By promoting faster growth, free trade promotes political freedom indirectly by creating an economically independent and politically aware middle class."
Life in Rural China
NPR: Rural China in Transition
Job Losses Explode in Rural America
India's Farming 'Revolution' Heading For Collapse
1960’s-1980’s rapid industrialization
Companies found cheaper land, cheaper labor and less regulation
Industrial recruitment shifted local populations from the primary to secondary sectors
Building a Prison Economy in Rural America
Cities sell garbage to rural areas
Playing with waste in India
Spread of biotechnology
Revised GATT and
EU-India: Free Trade Agreement
1. Help students to understand that their country never existed in a vacuum and that events occurring within their borders affect other peoples.
2. Help students to recognize that historical interpretations are colored by national interests.
Cyprus history book rewrites spark outcry
To avoid 'us vs. them' in Balkans, rewrite history
Credit is treated as a human right and a cost-effective weapon to fight poverty
In Bangladesh 80% of poor families have been reached through microcredit
The idea has become global and includes
Social Guarantees of Loans
Human trafficking is facilitated by increased international mobility, transparent borders, broadband communication, and political and economic upheaval.
The displaced persons, the war victims, the poor, and those seeking the opportunities of the West, turned trafficking into a booming business.
Not For Sale: Slavery map
Reaching the poor
Pupils from Dorton House in Kent, and Milton Margai School for the blind in war-torn Freetown, Sierra Leone, have visited each other and worked together on disability rights and conflict resolution projects.
Here is the story from BBC NEWS
Synchronous distance learning
Asynchronous distance learning
Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Colombia, Haiti, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Mongolia, Kiribati, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.