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Global Challenges

Picture Global Challenges“Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash on developed countries.”

Atal Bihari Vajpayee (Politician)

Teacher: Gertrud Tinning          Lessons: 4 /week

 Aim:

The aim is to equip students with a capacity to:

  • Analyse the economic and political structures in today’s capitalist system in order to understand the roots of poverty, growing inequality and unsustainable development.
  • Identify,develop and discuss alternatives.

Content:

We will deal with the following themes:

  • Cool facts about the world including discussion of corruption and inequality.
  • Understanding the political- economic development that have shaped our time – from Keynes to Neoliberalism, a fast, participatory journey through time.
  • Implications of the neoliberal model – the financial crisis and growing populism.
  • Transnational Corporations and their role.
  • Understanding global trade in relation to development and sustainability. Special focus will be given to food productions and trade and will include a discussion of World Trade Organization, patents, agricultural subsidies etc
  • Sustainable development in the future – use of resources, how many people can the globe feed? How do we want to live? Future visions and cases of communities/individuals that already changed their life style.

Methods:

Lectures, films, group discussions, student presentations, mapping

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