Group 4

Group Participants
  • jas
  • loti

Original Lesson Title
Power & Politics

Original Lesson Description / Plan
(in brief)
Established Goals:

Students will understand that:

· In the globalized world, money and power are intertwined.
Essential Questions:

· What is ‘power’ in the context of the globalized world?
· What is the relationship between power, money and politics?

Students will know…

· About the influence that MNCs have on what happens within a country.
· How changes in one economy can affect another and describe the effects.

Students will be able to:

· List and briefly describe the controversies surrounding foreign investment and domestic affairs.

1) See UBD structure above for description of key question and topics.
2) Students do a brain storm session in small groups to answer the questions
“Who is powerful?” and “What is powerful?”
3) Students present results of their brainstorm in a table or mindmap etc.
4) As a class, students generate reasons for the personalities/ companies/ organizations/countries etc. they have listed being powerful and compare similarities. This list should be narrowed down to a few key reasons.

Useful to look at:
Forbes 100 most powerful companies/people.

· See Essential Questions (above) and explain to students the critical issues that they will address in the next few lessons.
· Show possible essay questions to pose to your students to give them an idea of how this information can be applied. Note: these questions are not the authentic transfer task.

Guide students through the Money, Power, Politics – Definitions and get them to add-on new information to the mind-map or list that they previously made.

Essay questions:

· “Money makes power”. What is your opinion?
· How do you think economic expansion has changed the face of global politics?
· Should foreign investors have a say in the affairs of a country? * Can small countries have a voice in world affairs?

Activity: Small group discussion

Read 2 articles on chewing gum and the partial lift on the chewing gum pan in Singapore.

“Nictoine gum helpful in quitting smoking”

Students read the article and answer discuss the following in small groups.

1. Which/ who are the parties involved?
2. What was the purpose of conducting the study?
3. In what ways is the study conducted and its result flawed?

“Singapore to partly lift ban”

Students read the article and answer discuss the following in small groups.

1. Which/ who are the parties involved?
What does this article tell you about the relationship between trade and a country’s laws?
Students read the article “What to do when a bad buy does a good deed?” and complete the following task, using the questions as a guide.

Pre-activity questions:

1. Who are the parties involved?
2. How did the changes described in the article come about?
3. How is this information relevant to what I read, thought and discussed earlier?
4. How would I go about bringing about a similar change in Singapore?

Our research, tools and links
slides detailing issues (micro and macro) about the influence/role of MNCs in domestic affairs.

wordle for brain storms

YouTube for our video(s)

New lesson incorporating ICT
Lesson Title: Power and Politics

Students will understand that:
  • Multinational Corporations have positive and negative impacts on the countries in which they are located.

Essential Questions:
  • How do MNCs impact the country in which they are located?
  • Is the presence of MNCs in a country more beneficial or detrimental?

By the end of these 3 lessons, students will understand:
  • how MNCs can impact a country and evaluate the effect of their presence.

Lesson 1 in brief: positive impacts - corporate social responsibility, fair workpractice/ minimum wage standards, contributions to the local community (eg. fairtrade, microloans, social enterprise), negative impacts - resistance to change (eg. environment-friendly policies), human rights violations, perpetuation of conflict
Lesson 2: Case studies (research based), evaluating and weighing, practicalities, legal framework, regulation etc.

Lesson 1
Part 1 - The brainstorm session/ "wordsplash"
  • What is an MNC?
  • What characterizes an MNC
  • Students categorize their ideas and answers into the broadly positive and negative.

Part 2 - The video & article

Students watch part 4/23 of "The Corporation" and generate responses to the following questions.
l What is an “externality”?
l Why do externalities occur?
Supporting question:

n What are the supposed aims and goals of a corporation?

Students read the article on What do you do when a bad guy does a good deed?
  • What other impacts/ changes can a large corporation create?
  • Why do these impacts/ changes occur?
Supporting questions:
  • What was the motivation for this change?
  • How is motivation related to the goals and aims of a corporation?

Students discuss in groups and consolidate their ideas on:
  • what additional impacts/ changes a large corporation can have in the country in which it is situated.
  • why these impacts/ changes (+ve and -ve) occur.

Part 3 - The follow-up
Students evaluate what the main roles/ goals of an MNC should be/are.
The evaluation process can take the form of:
  • an Essay outline
  • a class debate (which then can be recorded and posted online to invite follow-up comments and feedback)
  • a blog (for continued interaction and feedback)

Lesson 2

Students form groups and choose a high-profile MNC and conduct research to find out what impact this MNC has created.
Suggestions: eg. nestle, tyco, coca-cola, nike, wal-mart, de beers etc...
Search Suggestions: in Google: "MNCs AND impact AND countries"

Students following template to summarize their ideas for a quick an efficient class presentation of 5 to 10 min per group

Upload and share documents to prevent 'missing' or 'corrupted' files that delay presentations.

The good old essay!

  • Should foreign investors have a say in the affairs of a country?
  • "Money makes power". What is your opinion?
  • Should the primary goal of large corporation be to generate returns for its investors?

Share good essays which are edited for language and content errors so that student have a repository to refer to!

Using online citizens!
In groups or individually, students choose an issue of concern mentioned in the above article and conduct some research to learn more about the situation in Singapore.
They should formulate responses to or more of the following:
· Their views on why they have chosen this issue, discussing its causes, effects.
· Their plan of action which they think will bring about change.
· How they will motivate and influence all the parties involved in order to ensure success.

Engage in a discussion on the forum detailed above and participate!

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