So what does globalization exactly means?

The fifth week of trimester 2 was held in the same venue as previous week which is Lecturer Theatre (LT) 1. I was sitting in the middle of the lecture theatre; next to me was Riki Rinaldo which is my country mate from Indonesia. The topic was about the globalization; Professor Evangelos Afendras was a presenter of this lecture. As usual, most of the lecturer in AIU starts their lecture by asking question about the topic that will be discussed in that particular day, as well as Professor Evangelos Afendras, he also likes to challenge the students with some questions in the beginning of the class.

The first question that came to us in the beginning of the lecturer was “what is globalization?”, some students gave their ideas by their own definition and most of them are correct. But for me, to describe the meaning of globalization in the easiest way, we can say that the globalization is the way of exchanging you from the foreigner position or stranger to the local people or your own place.

So what does globalization exactly means? This question came to my mind after receiving some ideas of my classmate as well as my lecturers. My lecturer concluded that the Globalization is an inevitable phenomenon in human history that’s been bringing the world closer through the exchange of goods and products, information, knowledge and culture.

There are positive effects of the globalization, some of them are exchanging knowledge between two countries or more that surely will help the development of these countries especially in education section. Besides that, business activities is the main sector that effected by globalization, by exchanging the services as well as goods between two or more countries that will give positive impact on the development of the economic sectors.

Moreover, globalization has also negative impact on human being, especially in ethics. People easily describe globalization as a free action to exchange of goods and products, information, knowledge and culture. We do not realize that the negative of it. Let us take a look at the example of the impact of globalization in Aceh, Indonesia. Previously Aceh is well known by the values of the ethics of its people, people were obeying to the laws that set up by the king. The laws mostly taken from the Qur’an which is the holy book of Islam since this religion is the main religion in Aceh.

But everything is changed when the western influence its lifestyle to Aceh. People were pretend to follow their way and this was negatively affected to people especially to young generation. As I mentioned above, previously the laws were effectively practiced by people, but after this generation people tend to not care about their original culture, tradition as well as laws.  This is really sad, but again, our lecturer mentioned about the miracle of Japan that still put the values of their culture above everything even though Japan is highly developed in technology. For me, Japan is the pilot country in the world.

As conclusion of this week’s lecturer class, I reflected many things about the globalization especially its values, whether in negative way or positive way. As a student, I also have to contribute in globalization activities in order to be closer to people around the world and to accept the difference.

Tutorial Class

In the fifth week of tutorial class, my lecturer which is Mr. John Britto gave one paper about the tips of writing reflective diary. Firstly, we discussed about it accordingly. There were some important points that I need to focused on writing my reflective diary, one of them is the use of What-So What -and Now What. This term is mostly related to reflection of what we have study in the class and the implementation of it.

After finishing the discussion, I was given one piece of blank paper by my lecturer to answer the questions related to the tips of reflective diary at the second page. The topic was going to McDonald. I already answered some of the questions by telling the story when I went to McDonald in the last week. But unfortunately we could not finish the task timely because the time was over and there were some other students out there waiting for the next class, so we have to continue the task in the hostel.

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