The growing interconnectedness of the world has both benefits and drawbacks.
What Is Globalization?
Understand the benefits and challenges of our increasingly interconnected world.
It Takes a Village to Make Your Medicine
Follow the global supply chain across borders and into your pill bottle.
Trains, Planes, and Shipping Containers
See how three innovations shaped how people and goods move around the modern world.
3.441 billion people
traveled via airplane in 2015—an increase of more than 11 times from 310 million in 1970.
Source: World Bank
Six Essential International Organizations You Need to Know
Look at the most prominent international governmental organizations tackling the world’s biggest issues.
Hitting Home: When Global Becomes Local
Actions in one part of the world often affect outcomes in another.
How Globalization Affects What’s for Brunch
Learn why globalization's effects can appear where you least expect them.
Big in China: The Global Market for Hollywood Movies
Explore Hollywood’s relationship with the Chinese market.
Two Hundred Years of Global Communications
From the printing press to Instagram, technological advances shape how people communicate.
Globalization Module Assessment
Questions to check your understanding
Globalization Reading List
Supplemental readings and other resources
How Globalization Affects You
Source: Antony Njuguna/Reuters
Our Love of ‘All Natural’ Is Causing a Vanilla Shortage
The high demand for natural vanilla is good news for vanilla farmers in countries like Madagascar, but it is bad news for bakers who have to foot the bill.
Source: Benny Sieu/Reuters
Basketball and Globalization
As the dominance of American culture declines around the globe, the NBA is looking overseas for opportunities for growth.
Source: Ken Gallager via Wikimedia Commons under GFDL
The World Comes to a Tiny Town: Eastport’s Lessons in Globalization
A small American town’s role as a shipping center for pregnant cows and wood products connects it to the rest of the world.
Source: Luke MacGregor/Reuters
Global Business Speaks English
Multinational companies are adopting English as a common language in an age of globalization, but their efforts can hit snags.
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