001 - Globalisation Indices

Geographic Knowledge and Understanding

Globalisation indices showing how countries participate in global interactions.

Concepts

The more global interactions a country is involved in the more power it has over 'others'.

Aims

  • To have knowledge of what globalisation is and how it can be measured.
  • To understand what the KOF index is and what data is used to create the indices.
  • To have knowledge of the benefits and problems of the KOF Index.

Key Terminology

            • Globalisation
            • Composite Data

Define the key terms above using the 'Useful Links' below.


Useful Links

Activity One - Watch

When is Geography not Geography? When historians try and take it over! Watch the clip below write down notes on paper on what globalisation is and how it has occurred over time. We often think globalisation is a new change but civilisations have been trading, communicating and influencing each other for millennia.

Activity Two - Impact

Globalisation is a term that is often brandished about and we assume that what we buy is a globalised good. You will be divided into teams to discuss the questions below.


      1. You will be divided in to teams to compete on how many globalised products you can find within five minutes. You will need to look at the following categories.
                • Clothing
                • Food
                • Media
                • Transport


2. Are goods truly globalised? Read the following statements and suggest how they help to show that globalisation is in force? Discuss your ideas your teams first and then will talk about them in the group.


                • A can of coke
                • A BMW Mini
                • A take away coffee from Starbucks
                • A Manchester United football shirt

Activity Three - Is An Interconnected World Good or Bad?

As a group we will be watching the Crash Course History clip below to explore what the benefits and problems of globalisation can be. Draw a table with two columns; one headed good and the other bad. As you watch the clip below begin to fill in that grid. You could use two different colours to indicate positives and negatives.

Positives of Globalisation (Good)

Negatives of Globalisation (Bad)

Activity Four - Read

While Geography is not Economics it is important to look at data to be able to compare different factors from around the world. The KOF Index, is a Swiss index and it seeks to show how globalised countries are by looking at different measures. Answer the questions below:


      1. What is the KOF Index?
      2. How is KOF calculated?
      3. How is KOF a measure of global interactions?
      4. What are the strengths and weaknesses of KOF as a measure of global interactions?

Activity Five - Describe

The synthesis and skills box asks you to focus on the global map and how we view countries can depend on how wealthy or influential they are. Using the map below describe the general pattern of globalisation in the world in 1970 and 2010.

Exam Style Question

For a named indices of globalisation, evaluate the benefits and problems of using that composite form of data to compare the global participation of countries. [12 marks]