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GGRA02H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 1: Electronic Waste, Human Geography, Starbucks


Department
Geography
Course Code
GGRA02H3
Professor
Michael Ekers
Lecture
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Dr. Michael Ekers Aanisah Shaffee Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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Geography of Global Processes
LECTURE 1
What is meant by the word “global”?
everything is interconnected
social media
economics (e.g. trade)
identities
politics
social issues
environment resources
migration
culture, tradition, religion
research and development
transportation
business
human relationships
history
change
What is g lobal about your own life?
your surroundings have a global character
consumer goods (e.g. your clothes can display your global connections: fabric, culture,
economy, ecology, social class, other people’s labour/employment)
all of our waste has an afterlife; e-waste, recycling, garbage> affects our global
environment
companies you involve yourself with (e.g. shop, employment) work at a global level
people move for work due to certain conditions
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Dr. Michael Ekers Aanisah Shaffee Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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the food that you eat is a global connection
company globalization: why has the word become so global? because of the global
region companies
global companies are always looking for new opportunities and new ways to sell and
provide goods and services
EXAMPLE> Starbucks: connects you to 19 different countries
EXAMPLE—> Mcdonald’s operates in over 138 different countries (“they have a huge
global reach”)
Garment working is a large industrial process
this world is defined by inequality: by power, wealth, military, migration etc.
EXAMPLE: US has military bases in over 100 countries, Canada has been fighting in
the war for 14 years
Colombus “discovered america”—> however, the land pre-existed and people were
already living there, he only globalized it: this is an example of colonialism, imperialism
etc.
think historically about globalization**
KEY Q UES TIONS
What is ‘globalization’?
What are the social, economic, political and environmental processes that drive and
define ‘globalization’?
What are the geographies and histories of globalization?
Who ‘wins’ and who ‘looses’ in our globalized world?
How does ‘globalization’ connect to our everyday lives?
What is human g eog raphy?
maps
economies
countries, provinces, states etc.
climate change
world issues
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