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    Katie McShea commented on the post, First Impression, on the site Our Global Village 2018 1 year, 10 months ago

    In reply to: Jonas wrote a new post, First Impression, on the site Our Global Village 2018 Hello everyone, after arriving a little later I was very impressed of the atmosphere that was already present. It seemed to me that […] View

    Hi Jonas! I also enjoyed the group’s atmosphere and everybody’s positive attitudes helped ease any worries I had about collaborating. I look forward to getting to know everyone even more and getting involved in interesting projects. Really excited for this course!

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    In reply to: Katie McShea wrote a new post, First Impressions, on the site Our Global Village 2018 Hi Everyone! My team initially had difficulties connecting to one another as we had numerous technological problems.  […] View

    After learning more about the concepts of globalization, I never realized how important globalization was in my life and how apparent it is in regular society. Technology is the main component of increasing globalization in everyday life. Today, people can connect to other individuals all across the world through social apps and the sharing of…[Read more]

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    In reply to: Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog 3, on the site Our Global Village 2018 Hi everyone, This week as a class we collaborated to develop a definition and establish an understanding of globalization. Living in […] View

    Education is important when establishing a basis for globalization and building general opinions about topics and culture. During class we watched videos that gave general overviews of globalization and it was emphasized not to only observe the content of the video but the perspective it was given in. The videos greatly differed despite being on…[Read more]

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    In reply to: Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog Post #4, on the site Our Global Village 2018 The globalization timeline was overall a positive experience and I learned a lot about the the history of globalization and […] View

    Reflecting back on the globalization timeline after completing more of the class, I realize the importance of peer review and a strong team dynamic when working on projects. One of the main problems our group had was the difference is how we approach our assignments. Working on more of an individual basis ended up being detrimental to our project…[Read more]

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    In reply to: Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog #6, on the site Our Global Village 2018 The photo essay was an interesting project that caused me to realize the different forms of globalization prevalent in modern society […] View

    One important thing I learned from this project is that globalization does not mean the loss of individuality and culture as communities become more globalized. It’s a common misconception that as countries become more integrated the citizens in the respective countries lose their individual culture. America is referred to as the melting pot b…[Read more]

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog #7, on the site Our Global Village 2018 1 year, 10 months ago

    When the concept of this class was first revealed I was both excited and anxious about what the course would have in store for me over the semester. I was eager to work with students from the Netherlands but had […]

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog #6, on the site Our Global Village 2018 1 year, 11 months ago

    The photo essay was an interesting project that caused me to realize the different forms of globalization prevalent in modern society that isn’t always noticeable. When our class was first assigned the project I […]

    • One important thing I learned from this project is that globalization does not mean the loss of individuality and culture as communities become more globalized. It’s a common misconception that as countries become more integrated the citizens in the respective countries lose their individual culture. America is referred to as the melting pot because of its diverse population of citizens who shared different origins and cultures. However, as America has become more globalized rather than losing their culture, I believe that many communities have strengthened it and integrated their cultures into local communities. This is prevalent in many of the photos our group took for our project. Some examples are the Indian grocery store and the Methodist church. The Indian grocery store represents the desire of individuals to keep their culture prevalent in America especially through the use of food. Indian immigrants who come to America do not need to desert their culture and identity but rather have the accommodations to keep common traditions while living in a foreign country. In addition, the grocery store allows for American citizens to experience different aspects of Indian culture as they can purchase popular Indian dishes and products from the store and connected restaurant. The Methodist church shows the globalization of religion especially during the Protestant Reformation. In many communities, religion is an important part of beliefs and traditions and people would go to extreme lengths in order to maintain their religion. During the Protestant Reformation, many religious individuals migrated to different countries in order to maintain their religion and be able to go to church and prayer without conflict. Negative events such as religious prejudices have allowed for the globalization of religion over the world and allowed for a spread of ideas. What I take from this lesson is that immigration does not mean a loss of culture, but individuals passion for their native culture allows them bring their cultures to the different countries in creative ways.
      As an individual who identifies more to the local community of Arlington than to the global community, I enjoy seeing the different aspects of globalization being integrated into Arlington. I don’t have the resources or the time to visit different countries and I feel that my inability to travel has weakened my global perspective. Therefore I appreciate the diversity in both Arlington and Marymount. Throughout the first semester I have met many different interesting individuals from all over the world. From our conversations I have learned about their lives growing up in different countries and how their cultures has shaped them as people. Without the advancement of globalization I would not have been able to extend my local connections in Marymount and have met the amazing individuals I have. From the timeline and photo essay, I have learned about the integral aspects of globalization in communities and understand the importance to continue creating relations with other people in order to prosper.

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog #5, on the site Our Global Village 2018 1 year, 11 months ago

    The us-them dynamic is an all encompassing ideology that can be interpreted and implemented by individuals in differing ways. Van Asperen examines the us-them dynamic in two different intercultural ideologies: […]

    • Interesting post and nice job making connections between the reading and your exploration in the community! I have to play devil’s advocate, though. Some might suggest that van Asperen is an idealist when she proposes communicative moral universalism. Do you really think it’s possible?

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog Post #4, on the site Our Global Village 2018 2 years ago

    The globalization timeline was overall a positive experience and I learned a lot about the the history of globalization and important teamwork values. There were numerous different factors that influenced our […]

    • Your team members have invested a great deal of time developing a working relationship and learning how to communicate across differences. Your success as a group is directly related to reflecting on progress and then re-directing your course. This is very clear when you write; “As a group we decided to split the project up and each member had a specific assignment. This caused problems with the group dynamic because every individual completed their parts at their own pace and to their own standards. I believe if we worked together more often the project would have been more proficient and had all the necessary elements needed upon submitting.”
      Going forward should be much easier and your investment in the team should pay off! I look forward to seeing what you create!

    • Reflecting back on the globalization timeline after completing more of the class, I realize the importance of peer review and a strong team dynamic when working on projects. One of the main problems our group had was the difference is how we approach our assignments. Working on more of an individual basis ended up being detrimental to our project because it lacked the communication needed to create a collaborative project and caused problems because of the lack of group understanding. One difference between the Arlington and Dutch members is how we schedule time to work and organize our schedules. During the project I found that Sam, Nikki, and I tried to constantly add information to the timeline and collaborate with each other outside of the scheduled times. However despite our constant communication, our work lacked depth because as students we never worked on the project with complete focus. There were times when one of the members would be doing a little side task or would get off topic by being on their phones or having side conversations. These problems cause our work to be diminished because of the lack of collective focus as a group. On the other hand, I learned that an important cultural aspect of Dutch students is the idea that work and entertainment should be separated. Most of the times when Jody or Jonas are working on the project or on video call with the group, they are only focused on the task at hand and are not distracted by their phones or other factors. They allot specific times to work on their projects and do not take time out of their breaks to do the project. These differences cause some problems when doing the project originally because the Arlington members were frustrated that the work wasn’t completed right away and the Dutch members were irritated by the constant expectations of the Arlington members. Therefore, when we redid the project, we talked as a group before in order to restore the dynamic and changed the process from individual collaboration to group collaboration. We learned as a group that working together and holding expectations for everyone as a whole was important to creating quality work. This switch in our intercultural approach helped strengthen the project and produce a stronger revised timeline. Our collaboration is an example of globalization and the idea that different people and cultures must come together despite culture difference to work together. When our timeline was done as a group it was stronger than the region specific groups, and I believe that this is also true on a global scale. In addition, during this project it first became apparent the difference in how the Dutch members address assignments and the Arlington members. In one of my earlier blogs I mention the difference of age between the members and how it affects their maturity level when doing assignments. The Arlington members tried to get the work done as efficiently as possible while sometimes negatively affecting the final result. The Dutch members took more time and thus I believed gained a stronger understanding of the assignment. Therefore, when we redid the project I focused on fully grasping the topic rather than purely finishing the work. I found this was beneficial because it allowed for me to complete work that was stronger as well as learning how to use the knowledge I learned outside the classroom.

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, Blog 3, on the site Our Global Village 2018 2 years ago

    Hi everyone,

    This week as a class we collaborated to develop a definition and establish an understanding of globalization. Living in specific areas of the world our concept of globalization is shaped by the […]

    • Hello Katie,
      Good to hear that your team had some good discussions.. that is what this course is all about. Being able to learn from each other’s perspectives will help you move forward in this course. You mention that that countries have become more dependent. Could you give an example of this interdependence? And where there any differences in focus points?
      Good luck on the next assignment,
      Loes

    • Education is important when establishing a basis for globalization and building general opinions about topics and culture. During class we watched videos that gave general overviews of globalization and it was emphasized not to only observe the content of the video but the perspective it was given in. The videos greatly differed despite being on the same topic because of the person and company that was sponsoring the video. One of the videos focused mainly on the economical side of globalization and emphasized trade because a company that specialized in wholesale trade sponsored it. This assignment made me think more in depth about aspects of education and where people obtain their knowledge. In high school our literary and historical education was dominated by an American focused perspective. Even when learning about world history, our teachers always connected the events back American history and specified the importance of them to America. In English, European and American writers mainly wrote the literature we covered. I believe that it would be beneficial for students to cover material written by Asian, Hispanic, African, and other cultures to gain a perspective on important themes and topics around the world.

      In addition, the assignment reminded of a lesson covered in English about the biasedness of writers and how it’s important to research multiple perspectives in order to gain a complete review of research. We read an article that stated that English was the most important language to learn and it was superior over other languages taught in school. After reading the article, our teacher made us reflect about opinions of the author and made us specifically look at where the author lived and the possible biases the author would have because of were they lived. This assignment taught me that its important to learn about multiple opinions on topics and gain a higher cultural education that is outside an individual’s respective social location.

      When selecting events for our timeline I found that our group mates global biases affected what events we chose. Going back to American education, many of the global events I learned connected to America and we learned about their importance not always from a global standpoint but rather how they affected American politics. Therefore, when choosing topics I found that the Arlington group members chose more events related to American politics than global events. In addition, our Dutch members focused on events that were important to Dutch history and the European nations. In order to select events that was important across all nations, our group tried to research events that might not be important only for western countries but other areas of the global world as well. However, despite our efforts, I found that looking back to our timeline many of the political, cultural, and economic events were only important to western countries. If given the assignment again, I would try to find more events and inventions important to non-western countries in order to gain a full perspective on globalization.

      Peer review is important because it allows for people to reflect on the limitations of their social environments and gain a higher perspective of globalization and was important in our globalization timeline project. Our group was able to learn more about the assignment by addressing each other with questions rather than going straight to the professors. First when we had questions, rather than collaborating with each other we immediately asked Janine and Loes. However our professors emphasized that this was a group project and we should try to figure out complications through group collaboration. By peer-reviewing each others events and definitions of timelines we were able to ask questions and have discussions on why we choose events and the reasons we believed they should be disputed. In addition, reading others events helped create new ideas for me and I was able to expand on my initial thoughts. The globalization timeline taught me that group projects are important because it fosters a higher sense of critical thinking between members. If I had done this project by myself, I wouldn’t of been able to come up with a timeline as complex as our groups. The process of intercultural collaboration and peer reviewing is important because they allow for individuals to learn from the perspective of others and gain well-rounded opinions on topics.

      Global interdependence is the mutual dependence of different countries at a global level. Global interdependence basically addresses that one country depends on another country for something and that country may depend on another country, which eventually creates global interdependence. One example of global interdependence on an economic standpoint is the import and export of goods and services. The global economy is extremely integrated between countries and many nations depend on others in order to receive the necessary supplies and food to sustain their communities. If this interdependence was to deteriorate, many countries would be unable to provide the services themselves and our societies would greatly suffer. Another example of the complexity of global interdependence is the topic of climate change. Climate change cannot be blamed on one country, but at the same time it cannot be solved by one country. Environmental concerns in the current international system have led to an increase in world interdependence to address such problems. Environmental problems such as climate change, global warming, and the spread communicable disease brings the world together address such concerns irrespective of the origin of the disease or problem.

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, First Impressions, on the site Our Global Village 2018 2 years, 1 month ago

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    My team initially had difficulties connecting to one another as we had numerous technological problems.  However, when we were finally able to connect the experience was exciting and I enjoyed […]

    • After learning more about the concepts of globalization, I never realized how important globalization was in my life and how apparent it is in regular society. Technology is the main component of increasing globalization in everyday life. Today, people can connect to other individuals all across the world through social apps and the sharing of information. Data is spread throughout countries and has the ability to be translated, modified and shared across different borders and nations. When collaborating with our group we were able to see the advantages of the advancement of technology in the learning environment. At the same time though, we cannot rely on technology to completely solve our problems of collaboration and rather use technology to build relationships and learn more about each other’s culture and individual personality. As the class progressed, the concept of intercultural collaboration was frustrating at times, but in the end proved to be important in doing projects successfully and efficiently. The time differences and problems of technology slowed the process of collaboration, but more importantly it allowed for an intercultural perspective when addressing the projects. I found that while in the beginning of the class I might have preferred the interactions solely in the classroom, I now understand and appreciate the process of intercultural collaboration. Its important to have multiple perspectives when addressing social issues because it allows for problems to be looked at from all different angles and possible solution to be encompassing of more than one aspect of the project. The advancement of globalization and the incorporation of technology in across world interactions has allowed for a well established sense of intercultural interactions in many communities.

      In addition, I never realized how much access I have to globalization in comparison to my parents and grandparents. Technology platforms such as snapchat, Instagram, Youtube, and twitter allow for people all over the world to easily connect without having to leave their homes. I believe that my ability to access these platforms has allowed for a higher development of global opinions and beliefs. Today I can learn about global events almost as soon as they happen and can read different articles with different perspectives and opinions. The vast resources I have available for globalization is an advantage my grandparents were never able to enjoy. Therefore, it is evident that global interactions are an important part of everyday life. So I wanted to edit my original stance on my past global experiences saying that will I may not have had many physical experiences of globalization, I enjoy the modern benefits of globalization in my everyday lifestyle.

      Throughout the collaboration process I’ve realized that many of the differences between all our group members is less about the cultural aspects of ourselves and more about our individual personalities. With each project and facetime, I have noticed the specific traits each member of my group has and how their personalities reflect in their work and contributions to the group. In addition there is a slight age difference in the group members from Arlington and the members in the Netherlands. Both of my group members and myself are freshman and sophomores and still have a few more years in college. However, Jody and Jonas are both graduating this year and are focused on establishing a future with their studied career. I believe that our age affects how each member interprets each project and assignments given to better understand globalization. I believe that our group members from Arlington can be too focused on getting a decent grade for a project, while the Netherlands members also believe in a practical use of the knowledge we attain. I believe the difference in our work perspectives stems from our age and maturity as college students. Being put in a group together our work ethics compliment each other well as we want to have both quality work and information that extends past the classroom. Having worked with Jody and Jonas I know understand the importance of not only providing well-done work, but using the information I learned to expand my knowledge outside the classroom.This class has changed my perspectives of globalization, my opinions towards different cultures, and the increased dependence of relationships with other individuals.

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    Katie McShea wrote a new post, Katie’s Introduction (Blog 1), on the site Our Global Village 2018 2 years, 1 month ago

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    My name is Katie McShea and I am currently a first year student at Marymount University. Presently, I am a biochemistry major and I am interested in pursuing a career in medicine.I am from […]

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