Globalization and Trade and Poverty

Can we eradicate extreme poverty with globalization? How far can the planet support a growing global industry? High schoolers watch an engaging video about some of the most important questions in the economic world today—and view some of the potential answers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the video in the context of the series, or independently when discussing globalization and international trade
  • Have learners choose a country mentioned in the video to conduct additional research about, including the American products made there and the average working conditions and wages
Classroom Considerations

  • Video briefly addresses the hazardous conditions of overseas factories as both an economic factor and a human rights issue, quoting its description as economic colonialism; consider pausing the video and hosting a discussion about this distinction for more in-depth coverage
  • The 16th of 35 videos on economics
Pros

  • Attempts to balance the advantages of globalizations with the potential drawbacks in human rights, including child labor and unsafe working conditions
Cons

  • None