Your homework question is from June 2011:
Examine the main factors that have accelerated globalisation (15)
Mark scheme below
I used the Gapminder website today to bring to life some of development indicators and examine what levels of development we would expect countries to have at different stages of the DTM.
Click on the hyperlink above to get to the website. The instructions are fairly self explanatory, have a go at changing the indicators on the x and y axis.
Following on from your keyword homework. The confusing term that is Purchasing Power Parity is best explained through the Big Mac index
The BRIC and MINT countries both came up during discussion today when we talked about the poltical, economic, technological and cultural effects of globalisation.
The BRICs were the original emerging economic giants, but a few of them are struggling to live up to expectations at present.
The MINTs are the new kids on the bloc (according to Prof Jim O’Neil who coined both acronyms).
The BBC radio programmes on the MINTs are worth a listen.
Remember to complete your globalisation definition homework for Tuesday
Whilst we are on our text book whistle stop tour of the British Empire, it is worth watching a few minutes of this Jeremy Paxman programme from a few years ago on the start of the British Empire.
Homework for Wedneday is notes on the Empires with Expiration Dates article by Niall Fergusson.
Year 12 – Following our first lesson your task this evening is to research definitions of globalisation. Here are some sources worth investigating:
Read a few definitions and examples to get an understanding of how interpretations of the concept vary. Remember to double check your sources. No printing straight off Wikipedia!
- Bárðarbunga (Try pronouncing that!) has been rumbling and erupting for the three weeks in eastern Iceland. Fissures (cracks) have opened along the ground as opposed to an eruption from a classic shaped stratovolcano. It could continue to erupt like this for a while. The Icelandic Met Office is a great place to get up to date information, there are also a lot of volcanologist (geologists with a specialism in volcanoes) on twitter who are worth following for lots of interesting info:
Dr John Stevenson, Edinburgh University – @volcan01010 Dr Dave McGarvie, Open University- @subglacial Dr Erik Klemeti, Denison University – @eruptionsblog
We will be studying the Superpowers topic of Unit 3 for the next few weeks.
Along with the notes you are finishing on the categories that determine whether a state – or states -qualify as a superpower, please ensure you complete the research on the country statistics (economic, military, population).
As with many of the topics we will study this year it really pays to stay clued up on current geopolitical events. Specific to this topic:
The unrest that is ongoing in Ukraine – Is this similar to the tensions and conflicts of the 20th Century ?– Wall Street Journal.
The rise of IS (Islamic State) In Syria and Northern Iraq – Increasing the tension in a region already being torn apart by religious and cultural divides. How will the ‘traditional’ powers of USA, UK and NATO in general deal with the threat? Radio 4’s PM program on Thursday 4th September is worth listening to. Around 10 minutes in there is a good interview with the Chair of the Defense Select Committee, Rory Stewart. This Guardian article discusses the importance of NATO in the face of Russian aggression and the rise of IS, whilst The Economist highlights the importance of geography by discussing role of Western fighters in the conflict.
The legacy of past previous western intervention – Don’t forget Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya. They may not be in the news as much, but their importance in unsettling global power structures remains.
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