Our World Economics

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How do you teach your students about globalism?
Our World Economics is a free set of resources to help social studies, geography, economics, international studies, government, civics, and liberal arts teachers. This site provides you with: detailed, teacher-friendly instructions; three case-study videos, group and individual activities, a class market exercise, internet research assignments, a game, essays, and questions and comments for guided discussions.

Multidisciplinary approach

Among other topics, Our World Economics explores standards of living in different regions of the world, approaches to natural and cultural preservation, the costs and benefits of multilingual societies, and the outcomes of colonialism in different regions of the world. These lesson plans place economics in a broader context that complements social studies, geography, government and civics courses.

Age level

Our World Economics targets middle school and high school students who have reached Piaget’s stage of formal operations. Activities entail data analysis, research, problem solving, critical thinking, and written and oral expression. Staggered learning objectives, advanced discussion questions, and additional reading assignments make these lesson plans suitable for students across a range of abilities and age levels.


These introductory lesson plans assume no previous knowledge of economics on the part of students.

Pedagogical groundings

Our World Economics adheres to learning cycle theory derived from educational theorists John Dewey and David Kolb. A video introduces each theme with a real-life case study. Subsequent materials allow students to explore, analyze and synthesize information presented in the video. Numerous activities encourage students to apply lessons learned to the real world.

Teacher knowledge

No prior knowledge of economics is required on the part of instructors. Detailed instructions for teachers provide all the guidance that educators need to lead comprehensive classes in introductory international economics.