Social Studies - 2018-19

WG.17 b - Economic and Social Interactions Change Over Time

The student will apply social science skills to analyze the impact of globalization by 

b) describing ways that economic and social interactions change over time; 

(moved from WG.9)

Adopted: 2015


Theme: Globalization + Interdependence

How do people respond to the unequal distribution of resources?

Do the benefits of globalization and interdependence outweigh the cost?


Economic, social, and, therefore, spatial relationships change over time. 

Improvements in transportation and communication have promoted globalization. 


Changes over time 

  • Industrial labor systems (e.g., cottage industry, factory, office, telecommunications) 
  • Migration from rural to urban areas 
  • Industrialized countries export labor-intensive work to developing nations 
  • Growth of trade alliances 
  • Growth of service (tertiary) industries 
  • Growth of financial services networks and international banks (quaternary) 
  • Internationalization of product assembly (e.g., vehicles, electronic equipment) 
  • Technology that allows instant communication among people in different countries 
  • Modern transportation networks that allow rapid and efficient exchange of goods and materials (e.g., Federal Express, United Parcel Service, U.S. Postal Service) 
  • Widespread marketing of products 
  • Globalization of markets, using technology (e.g., e-commerce, containerized shipping)
  • Agribusiness replacing family farms 


Updated: Jun 13, 2018