This unit looks at the working conditions in the Victorian Linen mills and compares them to current conditions in sweat shops in developing countries. Child labour is discussed and changes in children's rights in the UK are compared with those in other countries. The reasons for the existence of sweat shops is examined and our responsibilities as consumers are addressed.
Pupils are learning
- Developing an understanding of their role and responsibility as consumers in society. (PD&MU) Strand 2)
- Comparing an aspect of the community over a period of time (History - Change over time)
- Some characteristics of past societies (History - Change over time)
- Actions on a global issues (Geography - Interdependence )
- Ways people affect the environment globally (Geography - Interdependence )
- Our interpendence with the wider world (Geography - Interdependence)
- Understanding the working conditions in Victorian mills
- Comparing and contrasting the lifestyle of workers in factories now and then
- Investigating the lifestyle of child workers then and now.
- Understanding the need for Children's Rights
- Understanding the concept of ethical clothing