Proud example of internationalism


Photo description from Flickr: This was an unusual find in Ripon Cemetery, a Japanese born soldier in the Canadian Army, buried in Ripon England and with Christian iconography. We think of internationalism and multiculturalism as something new. Sannosuke Nishimura RIP

Proud example of internationalism, originally uploaded by Keith Ritchie.

Is this an example of internationalism or globalisation? Does it matter which word we use? What is the difference between the two? Leave your answers and thoughts in the comment section for this post. (Just click on the word ‘Comments’ below this post).

Globalisation Cartoons – Your Task

Find two examples of multinational corporations which have been accused of exploiting workers in developing countries.
Find two examples of multinational corporations which have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable development in developing countries.
Choose one of the examples and create your own political cartoon.  You can draw it yourself, use Comic Life or any other application that you know of to create a cartoon.

Other sites you can use are ToonDoo (email me for log in details if you don’t want to create your own account) or MakeBeliefsComix.

Checklist of what we should know so far…

Before moving on, we need to make sure we understand and can discuss the following things:

  • What globalisation is (here, here and here)
  • Arguments for and against globalisation (here and here)
  • What World Bank, IMF and WTO aim to do (here)
  • Criticisms of the above institutions
  • What a multinational corporation is (here)
  • What activities different multinationals are engaged in (activity here and table here)
  • Examples of countries where multinational corporations have been accused of exploitation or have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable development. (cartoon activity – keynote found on StudyWiz)

Make sure you keep up to date with the blog posts that outline the learning activities for these important points.

DON’T FORGET TO CHECK AND ADD TO THE WIKI. There is already some great information there.

The next part of our course includes:

  • What internationalism is
  • The UN – its structure and aims
  • The impact of globalisation and internationalism on key global issues such as international trade, the environment, human rights and refugees, technology and communications, politics.

Once you have completed the first lot of dot points, it would be in your interest to start reading ahead about internationalism and the UN. There is a recording of the textbook pages on the K Drive, and I am happy to photocopy or scan the textbook pages for you.

IMF, WTO, WB and Multinationals

Watch these videos and then answer the questions that follow each one. It is a good idea to take notes as you watch these videos – not too much detail, just a few keywords so that you can remember statements and main points.

PART 1 – Globalisation


  • For 30 seconds after watching these videos, write down your thoughts – just single words and questions about what you have just watched.
  • What did you think of the explanations for globalisation that were given in the video? Did they help explain globalisation to you? Were they missing anything? If so, what? How would you improve their explanations? What was the best explanation in the video? What was the worst?
  • In his video, Noam Chomsky says that we are all for globalisation. How does he qualify this statement?
PART 2 – The IMF, WTO and World Bank



  • You have 30 seconds to write your ‘stream of consciousness’ about what you have just watched.
  • As a group, discuss what you watched – ask each other questions if there was something you didn’t understand etc – and then come up with a statement about globalisation and one (or more) of its institutions that you will argue for or against. Prepare a short argument and be ready to share it with the class.
PART 3 – Multinationals

 

  • What is a multinational corporation? 

The following activity is taken from the Power and International Politics Textbook:

  • Choose a multinational corporation from the following:
AOL, BP, Coca-Cola, Dell, Walt Disney Company, Enron, Exxon Fiat, General Motors, Halliburton, Hearst Corporation, Honda, HSBC, IBM, Jardine Matheson, Kyocera, McDonald;s, Microsoft, Nestle, Nike, Nintendo, Nissan, Nortel Networks, Nokia, Monsanto, Parmalat, Shell, Schlumberger, Sony, Toshiba, Toyota, Wal-Mart
  1. Research your chosen organisation on the internet. Here is a good place to start. Make sure you look up the website of each multinational.
  2. Complete the following questions about your chosen corporation:
Name of Company:
Where is it’s home base?
In how many countries does it operate?
What do the main operations consist of?
What are the main points in its mission statement or statement of things it wants to achieve?
What were its profits in 2007 or 2008?
How many people does it employ and in how many countries?
Has it been involved in anything controversial? If so, what?
Has it been targeted by protesters? If so, why?
What are the major challenges faced by the company?
  • Bring this information to class with you as we will be putting it all together to get a bigger picture of what multinational corporations are doing.

Watch the rest of this documentary at home: