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The 21st Century - Chapter Summary
Watch the lesson videos in this chapter to examine challenges facing individuals and organizations in the 21st century. You can weigh the pros and cons of recent technological innovations, take a closer look at the world's shifting demographics and explore some of the policies designed to help bolster developing economies. Use these lessons to assist with:
- Explaining the history, purpose and members of the World Trade Organization
- Understanding the economic effects of outsourcing and hiring migrant workers
- Detailing how agriculture is used to aid developing countries
- Sharing the effects of technological revolutions, social media and portable media devices
- Relating population migrations in the 21st century
- Learning about cultural imperialism and the global transformation of cultures
- Listing societal and environmental concerns of the 21st century
- Examining expansion of the global economy and its impact
1. The Global Economy: Advantages, Expansion & Impact
This lesson will explain the concept of economic globalization. We will look at both its positive and negative effects while also highlighting the terms 'import,' 'export,' and 'capital flight.'
2. The Effects of Outsourcing and Migrant Workers on the World Economy
In this lesson, we discover two labor trends of the 21st century: outsourcing and migrant labor. Both of these trends help keep producers' costs down, but their effects will likely be debated throughout the 21st century.
3. Using Agriculture to Aid Developing Countries
In this lesson, we explore the recent push by international organizations for developing countries to open up their agricultural sectors to global markets. Proponents and critics of the program abound.
4. Technological Revolutions: Advantages & Disadvantages
In this lesson, we explore a few of the technological innovations that have helped create the 21st-century world and will likely change our world throughout the century.
5. Social Media and Online Communities: Popularity, Use & Purpose
In this lesson, we explore the new and ever-changing environment of social media platforms, as well as detailing some of its uses and some of its purported dangers.
6. The Evolution of Portable Media Devices & Cell Phone Technology
In this lesson, we discuss the development of portable media devices and cell phones in the 1980s, 1990s, and 21st century, and how the smart phone may trump them all.
7. 21st Century Population Migration in a New World
In this lesson, we broadly explore the current demographics and economic realities of the world and the driving engines behind the likely migrations which will occur in the 21st century.
8. A Global Transformation in Culture & Cultural Imperialism
In this lesson we explore the concepts of globalization and cultural imperialism, two important issues that have only just begun to shape the 21st-century world.
9. Challenges of the 21st Century: Safety, Society & Environmental Concerns
In this lesson, we explore just a few of the issues that face both the Western world and the globalized community in the 21st century - issues whose outcomes will greatly affect society and the world.
10. The World Trade Organization: Definition, History, Purpose & Members
Find out what the World Trade Organization is and what it hopes to accomplish. Learn about the history of this organization and who some of the current members are.
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Other chapters within the World History: High School course
- Early World Civilizations
- Early Near East Civilizations
- Early Chinese Civilization
- Early Indian Civilization
- History of the Ancient Greeks
- History of The Roman Republic
- History of the Fall of Rome
- The Rise of Christianity
- Timeline of the Early Middle Ages
- The Medieval Warm Period
- Timeline of the High Middle Ages
- Eurasia and the Great Dynastic Empires
- The Late Middle Ages
- History of The European Renaissance
- The Reformation Across Europe
- The Age of Exploration
- The Enlightenment & World Revolutions
- World War I
- Between the World Wars
- World War II
- Europe, Asia, the Middle East & Africa Post-War
- The Cold War
- Latin America Since 1900
- Teaching Resources for World History