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Who Are You Wearing? Using the Red-Carpet Question Pedagogically
Unformatted Document Text:  'Who Are You Wearing?’ Using the Red Carpet Question Pedagogically Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference of the American Political Science Association (San Jose, CA) 2008 Jon D. Carlson School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts University of California, Merced ## email not listed ## ABSTRACT This paper presents a module design and implementation strategy for use in an undergraduate course on globalization, international political economy, or related topic. Students are first asked to conduct research on their wardrobe and its origins by country, allowing for classroom discussion of research methods and designs. Results are submitted, along with a short response essay. This is evaluated in conjunction with a case study short-reading and shared discussion, followed by a short video/multimedia presentation on free trade and labor issues. I argue that this presents a more cohesive approach for engaging students in the material on a substantive level, while at the same time allowing them to actively appreciate and understand such diverse concepts as commodity chains, free trade zones, fair trade vs. free trade, gendered divisions of labor, consumer responsibility, research methodologies, and macroeconomic shifts in employment across nations. Preliminary data and classroom results are discussed, as are additional strategies for lesson development. 'Who Are You Wearing?’ Using the Red Carpet Question Pedagogically 1

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'Who Are You Wearing?’ Using the Red Carpet Question Pedagogically
Paper presented at the Teaching and Learning Conference of the American Political
Science Association (San Jose, CA)
2008
Jon D. Carlson
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
University of California, Merced
ABSTRACT
This paper presents a module design and implementation strategy for use in an
undergraduate course on globalization, international political economy, or related topic.
Students are first asked to conduct research on their wardrobe and its origins by country,
allowing for classroom discussion of research methods and designs. Results are
submitted, along with a short response essay. This is evaluated in conjunction with a
case study short-reading and shared discussion, followed by a short video/multimedia
presentation on free trade and labor issues.
I argue that this presents a more cohesive approach for engaging students in the
material on a substantive level, while at the same time allowing them to actively
appreciate and understand such diverse concepts as commodity chains, free trade zones,
fair trade vs. free trade, gendered divisions of labor, consumer responsibility, research
methodologies, and macroeconomic shifts in employment across nations. Preliminary
data and classroom results are discussed, as are additional strategies for lesson
development.
'Who Are You Wearing?’ Using the Red Carpet Question Pedagogically
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