Select any two (2) models of Globalization and illustrate how the film is supportive of or critical
of globalization.

Select any two (2) models of Globalization and illustrate how the film is supportive of or critical
of globalization.

UNIT 1 FILM RESPONSE
The Holocene Epoch started 11,700 years ago as the glaciers of the last ice age
receded. Geologists and other scientists believe that we have left the Holocene and entered a new epoch:
the Anthropocene. Their argument is that humans have become the single most defining force on the
planet and that the evidence for this is overwhelming. Terraforming of the earth through mining,
urbanization, industrialization and agriculture; the proliferation of dams and diverting of waterways; CO2
and acidification of oceans due to climate change; the pervasive presence around the globe of plastics,
concrete, and other technofossils; unprecedented rates of deforestation and extinction: these human
incursions, they argue, are so massive in scope that they have already entered, and will endure in,
geological time.

Select any two (2) models of Globalization and illustrate how the film is supportive of or critical
of globalization.


YOUR TASK:
You must select two (2) questions from Section A and one (1) question from Section B and
respond to them in paragraph form. Use examples from the film and the textbook, Global
Connections, 2nd Edition. Each answer must be 150 – 200 words. Your completed assignment must be
in MLA format, double-spaced, typed and have proper citations.
SECTION A: Pick two (2) questions K – 10 marks; A – 10 marks

  1. Select any two (2) models of Globalization and illustrate how the film is supportive of or critical
    of globalization.
  2. According to the film, what are the demands that globalized development places on the earth’s
    resources? Provide and analyze three (3) examples.
  3. In what ways can this film be viewed as a critique of the Expansionist World View?
  4. Using examples from the film, apply two (2) of the Conceptual Models of viewing the earth –
    Spaceship Earth Concept, Gaia Hypothesis, Limits-to-Growth Thesis or Cornucopian
    Thesis.
  5. How does the film draw attention to and reinforce the World Conservation Strategy’s three
    objectives: (1) maintenance of essential ecological processes; (2) sustainable use of resources;
    and (3) preservation of genetic diversity? [Global Connections, 2nd Ed., pg. 37]
    SECTION B: Pick 1 T – 10 Marks
  6. “Globalization offers the world our best chance to solve the problems we face in the
    Anthropocene Epoch.” Justify or refute this statement by applying course materials and
    discussions, as well as taking the role of either
    ▪ A resident of a wealthy country, such as Canada, Germany or Japan;
    ▪ A resident of a desperately poor country, such as Haiti, Sudan or Myanmar; or
    ▪ A resident of a relatively advanced developing country, such as Mexico, India or Brazil.
  7. (a) After watching the film, Anthropocene: The Human Epoch, which is the most significant
    environmental damage was created for us by previous generations?
    (b) What obligations do you have, if any, in preventing environmental damage for the next
    generation? How might you address these obligations?