Technology Lesson 6 Consequences of Global Demand for Oil
  
 
 
 
Technology Lesson 6 Consequences of Global Demand for Oil

Overview
Students learn about oil, an energy source absolutely critical to technology-intensive globalization.  They examine why global demand for oil has spiked in recent decades and assess the geopolitical and environmental consequences of that demand.

Relevant Learning Objectives
2. Evaluate the geopolitical, social and environmental consequences of technology on society

Procedure

Possible Classroom Activities

  • Technology Lesson 6 Discussion on Oil and Geopolitics (0) Compare and contrast readings and perspectives on oil and geopolitics. Answers and notes provided in power point. This activity can be done in a frontal style or in small group discussions. Students can read one of the readings and then contribute to the group discussion based on that reading. Yergin, Klare, and Friedman readings are ...
  • Technology Lesson 6 Energy Challenges in the Developing World (0) Compare and contrast readings and perspectives on energy challenges in the developing world. This activity can be done in a frontal style or in small group discussions. Students can read one of the readings and then contribute to the group discussion based on that reading.
  • Technology Lesson 6 Student Research (0) Students (individually or in small groups) conduct online research for class presentation and/or short paper on different global case studies of the politics, geopolitics, or environmental implications of oil production and distribution (e.g. domestic politics of oil production or conservation in Alaska; Venezuelan oil and Latin American geopolitics; oil and the strategic impulse behind war ...
  • Technology Lesson 6 Documentary Activity (0) Watch a documentary and discuss what the film suggests are the geopolitical and environmental consequences of global demand for oil. Do students agree with the film, why or why not?
  • Technology Lesson 6 Historic Oil Trade Videos Activity (0) Watch an online historical video and discuss how it promoted the benefits of U.S. international trade and consider the global costs of that trade, from the perspective of other people, it failed to address.
  • Technology Lesson 6 Carbon Footprint Activity (0) Have students complete the carbon calculator and discuss the results in class. Ask the students to relate the various readings to the carbon footprint results. What historic, political, social, and economic factors contributed to the final outcome?


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