Explain the implications of globalization.

Explain the implications of globalization.

Donny Thornton

Jun 15, 2018Jun 15 at 2:12pm

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Donny Thornton

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Week 2 Discussion 1

Explain the implications of globalization.

Globalization is the “development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets” (Merriam-Webster, 2018). One of the most significant implications from integrating our global economy is the impact that it has on the foreign labor markets. Social justices can easily be ignored by taking advantage of cheaper labor but we have to ask ourselves if that cheap labor is worth the violation of human rights that often happens in these cheaper labor markets.

Free trade and free flow of capital with limited government interventions is also a complicated force. This sets the stage for unfair and unethical trade practices as well as tanking economies by moving trade to a different country that is more likely to offer better trade deals.

Identify at least two ethical issues that go along with the global societal topic you have chosen for your final essay.

The marginalization of minorities, especially in the subset of the minority population of people with disabilities is full of ethical issues. Substandard pay for people with disabilities is a common practice in the United States and around the World. Many times, a person with an intellectual disability is paid based on their IQ. Workers may put in eight-hour work-days for less than a couple dollars per day of pay. The standards set by companies are often unrealistic and unfair. According to Blahovec, S. (2015), “a blind woman who worked for Goodwill was employed on a task with a standard that included hanging 100 articles of clothing meeting specific requirements (separating by gender and size and facing specific directions) in 32 minutes without an error. The woman was paid $3.99 an hour based on her performance. Assigning a blind person to a task that is so visually demanding and expecting them to perform at the same level as a person who has no ocular impairment is setting that worker up for failure, as well as a poor business decision. This is similar to the ethical dilemma of using foreign labor where no standards are put in place to protect the workers.

Another ethical issue of marginalizing people with disabilities includes the segregation of people with disabilities. Segregation in their schools, homes, workplaces, and communities is common practice in today’s society. People who experience disabilities are segregated their entire lives which leads to them having unproductive, unfulfilling lives. This group of minorities is the only group of minorities that anyone of us can become a part of at anytime. Yet, as a society we continue to marginalize them.

Explain how globalization contributes to or affects these ethical dilemmas.

Globalization contributes to these ethical dilemmas as it takes oversight away from injustices done to these groups of people. It encourages subminimum wages and poor working environments for groups of minorities who are not able to advocate effectively for themselves.

Propose solutions to these ethical dilemmas that are feasible financially, socially, and culturally

Unfortunately, initially the solutions to these problems may not be financially easy to achieve. It starts with education. Our global society needs to be educated on the implications of marginalizing people with disabilities. Many of these people are dependent on social services to live partially because we didn’t afford them the opportunities to become a productive member of society or give them the tools to advocate for themselves. Family members need to be trained to effectively advocate for their human and civil rights from a young age instead of allowing them to be pushed into the box that exists.


Bhargava, V. K. (2006). Introduction to global issues. In V. K. Bhargava (Ed.), Global issues for global citizens: An introduction to key development challenges ,1-22. Retrieved from http://ebookcentral.proquest.com

Merriam-Webster. (2018). Retrieved from: https://www.merriam-webster.com (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

Blahovec, S. (2015). It’s about time: ending subminimum wages for workers with disabilities. Retrieved from https://www.huffingtonpost.com/sarah-blahovec/its-about-time-ending-sub_b_7041592.html


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