Hum 3: Global Interdependence

General introduction:
This unit is all about trade in the globalised world we live in.  A school geography book would not have contained the word “globalisation” ten years ago. We have become increasingly aware of the interconnectedness of the world in many ways: trade, banking, tourism, sport, fashion, and global environmental concerns have a worldwide meaning. These themes and issues are shared among all people in a world increasingly brought together as a “global village” through media and technological advances.

This page provides some links to help with data gathering for the four different parts of this unit.

1. General facts and statistics sites

US Library of Congress Country Studies: provides a description and analysis of a country or region’s historical setting, geography, society, and economy, among other things. ?

Office for National Statistics (UK) ONS data services, recent Census developments, access to public data and a section on the UK in Figures. Britain’s economy, population and society at national and local level.

EUROSTAT EU Statistical Office. Online publications and statistical information provided, including downloadable data (free of charge). Includes sustainable development indicators. ?

World Factbook (USA Central Intelligence Agency) Profile of every country’s geography, people, government, economy, communications, transportation, military and transnational issues. Contact information for diplomatic representation in the US and in the country are included. If you have problems accessing the geographical factbook list, go to main homepage, look for publications and click on World Factbook.

3. United Nations

United Nations

Other UN sites not listed below UN Economic and social development main site
Human settlements
Social development
Sustainable development
Development economics research

7. Globalisation


“Globalization refers to a multidimensional set of social processes that create, multiply, stretch and intensify worldwide social interdependecies and exchanges while at the same time fostering in people a growing awareness of deepening connections between the local and the distant.” Manfred B Steger, professor of politics and government, Illinois State University. Prof Steger’s teaching course notes on globalization

UK on Globalisation The UK Government ‘s White Paper on International Development “Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor” is available at the DfID site.

‘Making Globalisation a Force for Good’ UK government white paper. “The White Paper deals with the question of how we can harness the power of globalisation, not only in the UK but in every country, especially in the developing world. It addresses the implications of globalisation nationally and internationally and sets out a vision of a world trading system which is fair as well as free.”

Global Exchange An international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice around the world. Global economy section and news digest.

World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization Described as ‘independent’ but funded mainly by the ILO. The Commission explored sustainable ways of combining economic, social and environmental objectives to make globalization work for all. Report released February 2004. A Fair Globalisation: Making it Happen ILO follow-up to the globalisation report. International Labour Organisation (ILO)

Globalisation unmasked A book review from Spectrazine.

The rough guide to Globalisation Introduction to Globalisation from leading Christian charity.

The global fashion industry makes a good case study. El Salvador, China and homeworkers in Canada feature at Also see a Dutch site which looks at the labour behind labels such as adidas and Reebok

Cafod – Trading trainers Activity-based topic on training shoes. The game is set in an imaginary Latin American shanty town. Downloadable teachers materials (pdf).

Trading away our rights Oxfam report on women working in global supply chains.

8. Teaching globalisation:

Birmingham’s development education centre

Development education association Wales membership North East England Scottish members ScotDec based at Moray House, Edinburgh University

Cafod resources for teachers

China and African oil: a good starting point is China Briefing, an official Chinese website which expresses a Chinese foreign policy point-of-view. See article on the geopolitics of China-Africa oil and also look at the story about the problems over oil imports from Iran with the present trade embargo forced by US pressure in Iran.


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