Globalisation

Where can I find information about Globalisation?

Junior Secondary

(Years 7-10)

Image: GLOBALIZATION by faith.e.murphy Murphy on Flickr.

Entry last updated: 26/05/22

Introduction

Globalisation or globalization is the way in which our world has become more integrated, or joined up. It is about economics and trade, science and technology, politics and culture. We now share each other's cultures and language through travel and trade, and science and technology. We are in a huge global economy where local or national ways of doing things have become international (global), and something that happens in one area can have knock on effects worldwide. People, governments, economies and countries are more dependent on each other today than they ever have been in the past.

General websites

The websites below will help you understand what globalisation is, and how it has come about.

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize is a website set up to help British students with school work and exam revision. This is a very good website to find out more about globalisation (note that most of the videos won't work here in New Zealand, but you can still use the articles and information).

Tips: Websites that have .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About the BBC link on the website. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Britannica School

This is one of the EPIC databases. EPIC is a collection of reliable databases covering lots of different topics. It’s put together especially for New Zealand school students and helps to answer questions like this.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Kiddle

Kiddle is a safe visual search engine designed specifically for kids.

Tips: Websites that have .com or .co in the address can have good information, but you need to assess how reliable it is. Check the About Kiddle link on the website. That can tell you what the company’s mission and values are.

Benefits and disadvantages

With every argument for globalisation there is a contrasting anti-globalisation viewpoint. The way in which globalisation affects democracy, poverty, debt, culture and the environment has been widely debated in the media. The resources below have information on both the benefits and the disadvantages of globalisation.

Topic Explorer (National Library of New Zealand)

Topic Explorer is an online tool from the National Library of New Zealand. It contains a wide range of quality resources for students in a range of formats, (like articles, books, images, videos, primary sources and websites) on a variety of topics. These resources have been selected from reliable national and international sources.

Global issues in context

This EPIC resource gives balanced information on international issues and covers both advantages and disadvantages of globalisation.

  • Search using the keyword 'globalization' to find the Globalization topic page.
  • From here you can look at Viewpoints and magazine and news articles.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Opposing Viewpoints in Context

This particular EPIC resource will allow you to explore both sides of an issue.

  • Search using the keyword 'globalization' to find the Globalization topic page.
  • From here you can look at different viewpoints, as well as magazine and news articles.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Environmental Studies (Gale in context)

This EPIC resource covers a range of environmental issues including the environment impacts of globalization.

  • Search using the keyword 'globalization'.
  • The Globalization topic discusses environmental and economic impacts including the distribution of wealth.

Tips: To get to the EPIC resources you will need a password from your school librarian first. Or you can chat with one of our AnyQuestions librarians between 1 and 6pm Monday to Friday and they will help you online. Some EPIC databases may also be available through your public library.

Explain that stuff

This website has lots of interesting articles about science and technology.They are all written by Chris Woodford, a British science writer.

Books

You can find books about globalisation - check out your local public or school library to see what books they have. Some suggested titles are:

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