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Globalisation and the Digital World

Two sets of resources to help teach  / revise this OCR Unit:

1. Resource Pack: A range of PowerPoint Presentations and supporting documents combine into a "6-week teaching course".

2. Revision Stuff: PowerPoint slides and exam practice documents.


The Population Reference Bureau (PRB) is an on-line magazine that offers a huge amount of information about all aspects of world population (the statistics been the least part of the site). The focus here is on "population" in the wider context, as it relates to areas such as health, the environment, family, gender and the like.

The Globalisation Website

A wide-ranging (if a little text-heavy) site that covers a range of debates, issues and theories relating to the concept of globalisation. The main area of interest, in terms of World Sociology, is probably its outline and discussion of different types of theory: World-System, World Polity and World Culture.

New Internationalist

An invaluable source of articles (from 1973 to 2005) covering a wide range of issues relating to world sociology. Most of the articles are pitched at around the right level for A-level students, although some will probably be more useful as source material (both written and graphical) for teachers (although since there's a lot of information here it may take some time and effort to wade through what's available).

American Studies Today

This site bills itself as "Britain's first on-line journal of American Studies with a wide range of articles, news and book reviews" and, in terms of the articles it's certainly not misleading - there's a huge range of material here covering historical and contemporary trends in American society (from the role of women in wartime to cultural connections between Liverpool and America explored through, amongst other things, John Lennon's life and music).


The International Development Research Centre is a Canadian organisation whose site represents something of a goldmine for teachers of World Sociology; although this particular link points you to a library of online books (all of which are completely free to read or download), there are also sections covering free online reports and publications, an extensive picture library covering development issues and short videos that can be played online.

Population Pyramids

A useful site (run by the US Census Bureau) for teachers looking for data to illustrate gender and age differences among populations across a large number of countries across the world. The site lets you specify the year of the pyramid for each country (the UK pyramid, for example, begins in 1991 and allows projections up to 2050). Enterprising teachers should find enterprising ways to make this site the centre of a lesson...

Reith Lectures 2000

A series of lectures, sponsored by the BBC in honour of Lord Reith (director-general in the 1920's) that explores various environmental and World Sociology issues form a number of different perspectives. The overall theme is "sustainable development", within which different writers *including the Prince of Wales) discuss particular issues and solutions to this problem. There are six lectures in the series, each of which can be browsed as text, audio or video presentations.

Global Simulation Workshop

A nice idea - students take part in a simulation of "the next 30 years of global economic development" by representing different geopolitical regions. It seems to involve a huge multimedia exercise that's reflected in the cost - probably way out of the range of most UK schools and colleges (perhaps that's part of the simulation - learn how it feels to be a developing country...). For the terminally-poor there's plenty of information to browse on the site - just get used to looking without being able to touch (postmodern irony anyone?).

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