Learning Objectives

  1. Describe critical ways that the global political and economic environment has changed since 1990.
  2. Discuss the ways in which poverty and instability have persisted despite economic growth.
  3. Assess the role of multinational corporations in the world, and explain their relationship to wealth, poverty, and cultural change.
  4. Summarize the importance of urbanization in the world, and describe some of the ways that cities change culture.
  5. Evaluate the significance of population growth, and analyze the effects of government policy and economics in controlling population growth.
  6. Examine the role of indigenous people in modern-day nations, and describe the challenges that confront them.
  7. Discuss some of the key environmental challenges facing the world, and describe the differences between pollution in wealthy and poor nations.