You're viewing an archive of CAT+FD projects from 1997-2018.

Another FaCTS Mellon Project

Offering International Trade and Policy Course with Globilization Emphasis via Wikipedia

by Dr. Ogbonnaya John Nwoha

While the word "globalization" has been around for a relatively long time, fears of globalization has recently manifested in several forms leading to notable world events such as Brexit which is a portmanteau of "Britain" and "exit", the election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States, and the treatment of immigrants around the world. Most of these fears emanate from a misunderstanding of the benefits of trade and the limited availability of trade theories to the general public. Knowledge of trade and the benefits of trade could be made available to a wider audience by those with expert knowledge in a non-partisan and unbiased manner.

The project I propose is to teach my course, International Trade and Policy, with emphasis on globalization. Rather than using Blackboard, Moodle, or Canvass I will use Wikiedu which make the course available to audiences outside of Grambling State University (GSU) and Louisiana Tech University (LATECH). The course can become open to anybody who would like to understand the theories behind international trade and the subsequent extension to globalization. This will enable more educated discussions on current issues such as the future of the North American Free Trade Association (NAFTA) and other trade related topics.

Students will become active learners by contributing articles on the topics discussed in the new course and in other courses that has a globalization component thereby opening the course up to more students and the public.

Start date: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Finish date: Tuesday, May 15, 2018