Economics of Globalization

Economics_of_Globalization_ImageThe Economics of Globalization curricular unit focuses on international finance, trade and development and will offer students a comprehensive understanding of the world marketplace – a highly valuable education vital to their futures in this new era of globalization.

Teacher's Guide

The comprehensive teacher's guide includes supplementary readings and suggested classroom activities. The guide contains an introduction for educators to help them determine which articles to introduce in the classroom. In addition, there are several paths through the curriculum to accommodate different reading levels and instructional goals.

Unique Model UN simulations form the culminating lesson for each unit. Simulations include: Globalization and Development, simulated in the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC); Development of the Private Sector, simulated in the UN Development Program (UNDP); Diversification of Commodity-Based Economies, simulated in the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD); Development Aid Donor Conference, simulated in the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Student Reader

Global_Citizen_Issue_1The student readers for the Economics of Globalization curriculum are presented as four colorful magazines that cover each of the curriculum's main themes: globalization, economics, trade, and finance. Each magazine has seven feature pieces that repeat throughout the four magazines. One of the student favorites is the "How the World Connects" articles, which use an object familiar to students, such as a t-shirt or Apple iPod, to illustrate connections in the global economy. Another is "Dissecting the Headlines" feature, which is a reprinted New York Times article with notes that help students understand the underlying themes and issues.

Curriculum Lesson Plans

All lessons are aligned with standards in:

  • Social studies (from the National Council for Social Studies);
  • English language arts (from the International Reading Association/National Council for Teachers of English);
  • Geography (from the National Geography Content Standards); and
  • Civics and government (from the US Department of Education).
In conjunction with the lessons, the Resources section provides extra support materials, templates, a glossary of terms and acronyms, and additional Model UN links.

Download the student readers for the Economics of Globalization curriculum below.

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