30 Days: Outsourcing

India will soon have the largest population in the world and is quickly becoming an economic powerhouse in the region. But, what effect does this have on India’s traditional culture? How does the United States factor into this economic development?

In this episode of 30 Days, Chris, a man from New York who recently lost this job to outsourcing travels to India for 30 days to see where his job went. Chris spends 30 days living with a family in Bangalore whose traditional way of life has been turned upside down due to economic development in India in both positive and negative ways.

I always love using 30 Days in the classroom because it helps students to understand both sides of controversial issues. This episode about outsourcing shows the negative effects of outsourcing from the American point of view, but always focuses on how it has made life in India more complex. 30 Days shows students the human side of an otherwise hot button issue.

Teaching Tips

  • Use this episode of 30 days for teaching about culture in India, population growth, globalization, outsourcing and gender roles. All of these topics are addressed in the video.
  • As students watch the video have them keep track of the positives and negatives of outsourcing. At the end have them argue if outsourcing is positive or negative backing up their point with examples from the video.

* At the time of this writing, I was unable to find a free high quality version of the episode streaming online; the entire 30 Days  series (3 seasons) is available on Amazon for $13.99.

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