Winners and Losers

16 12 2014

1. Who is the winner when billions are spent to rescue irresponsible financial giants?


2. What was the filmmakers’ previous documentary about? 


3. Do you think the camera can be mightier than the sword?

Globalization, a force for good?

10 09 2013

1. Listen to this man from Connecticut reading his favorite poem, The song of the Banana Man. Pick out details about  this man, the topic of the poem and the reasons why he particularly likes it.

2. Click on the pic below to read an excerpt from Rule of the Bone, by Russell Banks.

3. The globalization of reggae stirs up a familiar debate around cultural politics. From jazz to rock to hip-hop, white artists have negotiated the thorny boundaries of performing in a genre they didn’t invent. Sicily-born Alborosie says he needed to go to Jamaica and talk the talk. He was the first white artist to be distributed by Bob Marley’s label, Tuff Gong, but he says being embraced by the Jamaican music community did not come easily.

4. Sport and Social Responsibility. Watch the video and make notes to sum up Jamie Lawrence’s story.

5. Find here his story in writing. Click on the pic below.

Globalization: the battle is on.

12 03 2013

1. Watch the official “Battle in Seattle” trailer and, in pairs, prepare a 2-minute commentary.


2. Made in the world: watch this clip by the WTO explaining how the global supply chain works. Can you explain why the “Made in the World” label is better adapted to products like a Nokia phone?



3. Using your analysis of both the SONG LYRICS and the video, prepare a 2-minute anti-globalization rant (150 words minimum).


4. What’s the story of globalization as told by a shoe? What are the dynamics of corporate globalization?

Politicians make the right decision

7 02 2013

1.What works against hunger? Watch the clip to know more.

2. Watch this clip and listen to this song by Kora, a New Zealand reggae band.

The Empire on which the Sun Never Set

5 02 2013

REM: your assignment, “prepare a brief presentations on a product / cultural phenomenon that you think illustrates globalization.”

1. Watch the clip and note down the major steps in the birth, rise and fall of the British Empire.

2. Watch the clip and discuss the vision of Empire the song provides

3. Watch this clip from Horrible Histories which is a comedy show that is also educational

4. AlJazeera looks at what is left of the Empire on which the sun never set