Globalization. Pros and cons.


Definition: It’s a process of economic, social and cultural integration all over the world.
-> Due to advances in means of transports and telecommunications the world is
  becoming more and more interconnected.
               -> Products, capital, ideas, culture, circulate more freely, but has globalization  improved 
                    people's lives? (food for thought).

This process has effects on:
-       economy
-       political systems
-       environment
-       culture
-       social life
-       education


1- Faster and better means of communication have made it possible for people around the globe to access the same products.
  (goods are cheaper on the internet, your friend, singing beautifully, has taken off on You tube and people download their music..).

2- Globalization has enhanced our knowledge of the world.

3- Cultures become richer as they get in touch with each other. Globalization broadens our mind.

4- We are connected thanks to internet technology and mobile phones.

5- We can communicate with people all over the world. The human life becomes global.

6- Education is promoted. Students can study abroad.

7- There are more international NGOs which want to exert influence in politics in their area of work. Non-profit, charitable and social organizations etc carry out campaigns to fight poverty, hunger, child labor, dowry, free education. Global communities have increased their awareness of the problems in the world.

8-Globalization can improve international relations among different nations.


1-Traditions are disappearing as new generations adopt global traditions.(Halloween).
Are we losing our identity? Each culture has a different way to perceive the world and if they disappear we will be poorer. We need diversity; without debate, dialogue there is no social or moral progress.  
  - Music, news, products are having a great influence on us and have become dominant  
     (McDonalds chain restaurants can be found in each country)
    More variety and cheaper but with a negative impact on people (hard working conditions; workers exploitation, long working hours, very low wages-> See below)
    and on environment: pollution, natural resources devastated,  deforestation),
2- Developed countries have mostly benefited from the process of Globalization than the developing countries. A gap between rich and poor is becoming deeper.

3- Financial crisis, terrorism are not limited by borders.

4- Great corporations are relocating their companies to developing countries to make production cheaper (seeking cheap labor) and they take advantage of : great flexibility to operate and invest in other countries, less tax burden, more permissive laws, weak rules concerning pollution etc)
------> (precarious working conditions-Tragedies in Bangladesh) ( cobalt mines- It is used to make electronic devices).
Local shops have to shut down. Companies are taken over by bigger corporations-> they can’t compete with multinationals.
5- Negative impact on environment (Palm oil and Greenpeace. Website).

6- Traffic between countries has polluted tourist destinations (Barcelona).

7- Diseases spread from one country to another country.

8. There is free trade but there are borders that impede people from free circulation (refugee crisis)

9. Globalization is being carried out following economic rules (we have prioritize economic issues) rather than ethic principles. Economic growth and benefits of great corporations are much more important than people and their rights. We don’t fight for the Common Good, we just pursue our own interest.( problems of corruption-> bad use of public money). A neoliberal model is prevailing. We defend freedom and respect for human rights but individualism and consumerism are winning. Under these circumstances, what kind of cultural model can we have? the ones given by Global Mass Media, social networks?

To have in mind:

-       Benefits and disadvantages are here to stay. Rich countries like UK, Germany and the United States can sell more goods and products to poorer markets on the Global South.
-       Local business and brands in developing countries can go bankrupt as big corporations in developed countries can dominate the economy of their country.
-        Local traditions and cultures may change. People in poor countries can abandon their cultural customs as they would want to look like stars in Hollywood.  
-        Non-English speaking countries want to learn English. More and more schools in developing nations are teaching their students this global language.
-    Process of globalization of democracy or human rights doesn’t exist and as a result, inequality is greater and people in need and poor nations are the most affected ones.  
-       People must get to know how to reap its benefits, reduce risks and work together to remedy the problems that have arisen. Countries in the Global North and Global South must work to spread its benefits.

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What do we mean by Globalization?

We are starting our second year of UniDiversity. New topics, new students taking part in the project and everyone thrilled about working together and meeting again this time in Poland on the ocassion of the next mobility in November.
Globalization is going to be the first topic to deal with. But, before starting with the different activites related to it, can you tell me what we mean by "Globalization"? Is it good or bad? Can you think of advantages and disadvantages?

Please search for information on the internet and let's discuss about it in class.

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Let's talk about immigration

Dealing with the topic of immigration, these are the activities we will be carrying out:

1. We'll have a discussion about the topic with help of the cards below.

2. In international teams, make up a rap. Be sure to include the ideas and thoughts shared in class.
3. As we'd like you to empathize with immigrants to your country, imagine that you and your family  have to leave your country for good and write a brief composition about it.

(Reasons for leaving, where you are going to live, how you are feeling, what you will miss about your country, your expectations about the new place, how you would like to be treated, what you will do over there ...)

Please, leave your writing in the comments!

4. Search the internet for famous quotations about positive immigration, write them on a piece of coloured card and pin them to the UniDiversity board.

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EYCH Label for UniDiversity

Good news!! Our Erasmus + project has been granted the European Year of Cultural Heritage label. UniDiversity fulfils the award criteria of the EYCH label since our initiative can contribute to the achievement of one or more of the objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, as endorsed by the European Parliament and the Council of the EU in Article 2 of the legal decision calling for the EYCH.

  Congratulations to UniDiversity team on making it possible!!!

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First Mobility of UniDiversity in Satu Mare (Romania)

La Rosaleda high school was in the Romanian city of Satu Mare from 5th to 10th of March to develop UniDiversity project under the plan Erasmus+ KA2. Six students of La Rosaleda spent a week in Satu Mare with students of the host high school, Teoretic German "Johann Ettinger" Liceum, and the Polish partner, International European School of Warsaw.
The aim of UniDiversity project is to build bridges between the different cultures and way of life of Poland, Romania and Spain. During a week the six students of La Rosaleda performed workshops and different activities in order to emphasize the links between our countries and to learn about the differences.
The workshops were dedicated to showing to the other partners the traditions, customs and feasts of each country so that the students learn more about the culture of other countries of the European Union. For instance, each high school played folk songs, cooked typical food and spoke about the local celebrations of their respective nations.
The presence of the Spanish students did not go unnoticed. The major of Satu Mare recognized the importance of UniDiversity project with a warm reception in the City hall, the local newspaper Informatia Zilei published an article describing the project and a regional TV broadcasted a flashmob organized by the students of the three high schools.



Our Activities Program over there


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