“People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don't find myself saying, "Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner." I don't try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.” (Carl Rogers)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Globalization and You #mooc

The latest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) I am taking is called Globalization and You and I can heartily recommend it to anybody who has been affected by the world-changing processes known widely as 'globalization' (so that's you, then - it's a good title!). The tutor, Matthew Sparke from the University of Washington, is friendly, clear and deeply informative - I've already learnt so much that I didn't know and best of all THINKING around some of the concepts in relation to higher education and person-centredness.

There is almost nothing in the way of assessment (which is a very interesting development and to be honest great for me at the moment, as I need to focus more on my own writing) - however, participants are asked this week to complete our own fourth stanza to a John Masefield poem, Cargoes, which shows very nicely how aspects of globalization have been with us for a long time. Here's Masefield's poem, and I add my own stanza after the dotted line.

John Masefield, Cargoes, 1902

Quinquireme of Nineveh from distant Ophir,
Rowing home to haven in sunny Palestine,
With a cargo of ivory,
And apes and peacocks,
Sandalwood, cedarwood, and sweet white wine.

Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus,
Dipping through the Tropics by the palm-green shores,
With a cargo of diamonds,
Emeralds, amethysts,
Topazes, and cinnamon, and gold moidores.

Dirty British coaster with a salt-caked smoke stack,
Butting through the Channel in the mad March days,
With a cargo of Tyne coal,
Road-rails, pig-lead,
Firewood, iron-ware, and cheap tin trays.

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Brightly bobbing boxes from who knows where,
Stacked and transported from quay to quay.
We turn a blind eye
To Miguel and Malita
Motionless and silent in their casket on the sea.

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The MOOC is just kicking off its third week, but I'm sure you could catch up by watching the previous weeks' videos.

Here's the url: https://www.coursera.org/course/globalization

2 comments:

  1. Mmm Miguel and Malita ...heartbreaking.
    I remember reciting this poem at junior school, it was more the rhythm of it then the images which touched me.

    Sunny havens in Palestine hmm....words which do not fit easily together.

    Interesting to read Nineveh, ancestral roots via marriage.

    Sounds a very interesting course.

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  2. And also 'cargo of ivory,/And apes and peacocks' - still going on 'under the radar', wink wink...

    The rhythm is fantastic, isn't it!

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