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Outsourcing Lesson Plan

Should our democracy allow American based businesses to outsource their labor?
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Jami Stroud

on 29 April 2010

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Transcript of Outsourcing Lesson Plan

Controversial Issue Lesson Plan Understand the components of outsourcing, the definition, and the groups/individuals affected with the process.
Participate in governmental processes that take place in many city governments across the nation.
Identify and attempt to uphold personal views with logical and ethical awareness that better the argument.
Appreciate the impact of our nation’s
business actions on the national and global economy.
Analyze the reasons for supporting
and opposing government’s influences
on reformation on private business endeavors.
Come to a conclusion about the government
regulation in business practices and if
that follows a democratic perspective. The Task 1.Have students read the Outsourcing
and American Business reading provided.
2.Discuss or poll students about their personal
views and attempt to split students up into equal groups.
Group 1: Opposing Outsourcing
Group 2: Supporting Outsourcing
Group 3: Neutral towards Outsourcing
Group 4: Town Hall Committee).
3. Allow students time to work in groups to further investigate outsourcing jobs and to prepare arguments and conclusions based on their views and investigation.
4. Initiate town hall set up and explain
appropriate dialogue procedures to students. 5.Allow students to deliberate.Once students have expressed their arguments and proposed conclusions for the issue have the class debrief as a whole for the best conclusion. 6.Assessment. Assessment Post-Town Hall Meeting deliberation students will participate as a class in a debriefing to come to a conclusion about the topic and discuss the value of the exercise.
Students will then be asked to complete a short essay reflection detailing their opinions of the exercise, opposing and supporting arguments about outsourcing jobs, and lastly their personal views.
Students could also describe whether or not the different views had valuable support in terms of logical, ethical, economical concerns. Why this lesson?
The deliberation of the controversial issue of outsourcing American jobs provides an opportunity for students to participate in a democratic practice. This practice specifically will allow students to view opposing arguments and come to the best conclusion. Students will also learn about national and global economic factors and the catalyst that is outsourcing in the process.
Standards Market Structures E.3:Students will understand the organization and role of business firms and analyze the various types of market structures in the United States economy.
Trade E.8:
Students will understand the organization and role of business firms and analyze the various types of market structures in the United States economy. Outsourcing Definition: Outsourcing is the division of the productive activities within a business firm or other firms, either domestic or foreign.Many businesses choose to contract part of a labor process to a third-party instead of doing it themselves. This third-party performs some function of a business, whether it is in the production sector or service sector. Pros for Outsourcing By outsourcing, a business can significantly reduce their production costs. American businesses reduce their production costs by sending labor overseas because more often than not, the labor costs less to the American based business.
When businesses are able to increase their productivity efficiently, consumers are able to benefit from by experiencing decreased prices for goods and services.
By working for American companies, underdeveloped countries have access to new technological tools, trade, and a steady flow of income.
Cons of Outsourcing When a company outsources production, they often encounter unskilled labor and the quality of the goods is often compromised. This means that the goods are of lower quality than the business wanted and in turn, they might lose money.
Often, foreign outsourced employees are not familiar enough with American consumers and the company that they are working for so they are not able to offer the highest quality support and assistance Many believe that the intrusion of large companies on small countries and villages devalues their culture and encroaches on their cultural traditions.
Student Objectives Question for Deliberation:
Should our democracy allow American based businesses to outsource their labor? Learn to agree and disagree with other students and peers.
This Presentation by:
-Maddie Honn
-Amanda McMillian
-Alyssa Lisiecki
-Matt Ray
-A.J. Kenzor
-Jami Stroud Resources:
Miller, B. (2009, September 17). The Effects of outsourcing: does it hurt the american workforce?. Retrieved from http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2183103/the_effects_of_outsourcing_does_it_pg3.html?cat=3

Outsourcing-what is outsourcing?. (2010). Retrieved from http://www.sourcingmag.com/content/what_is_outsourcing.asp

University of California-Berkeley, . (2003, November 23). Policy report on the effects of outsourcing. Retrieved from http://are.berkeley.edu/~cavazos/research/report.pdf

Vower, D. (2010). The Pros and cons of offshore outsourcing. Retrieved from http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Pros-and-Cons-of-Offshore-Outsourcing&id=3895828

Weidenbaum, M. (2004, June 24). Outsourcing and american jobs. Retrieved from http://wc.wustl.edu/arc_events/break_support/Weidenbaum_Outsourcing.pdf
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