PSHE/Citizenship GCSE: My jeans and globalisation

An exploration of globalisation using teenager's 'stuff' as a starting point.

Interaction with a real teenager is combined with short animated clips to look at how jeans are involved in the world economy.

A young woman is challenged to understand how her jeans are made, and what she can do as a consumer to address the negative impact of jeans production on workers and the environment.

The term 'globalisation' is introduced in the context of understanding how many countries are involved in making jeans.

This clip is from the series The World, My Stuff and Me.

Teacher Notes

The lesson could start with a discussion about why children in some countries work.

Students should then imagine that they represent a company that makes designer T-shirts.

They have been asked to come up with a code of conduct for workers in a factory in a country with a lower standard of living than the UK._

What sort of treatment would they insist upon? Think about factors such as the age of the workers, their hours, wages, and so on.

Students could be challenged to produce ten points for the company's code of conduct.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching PSHE and Citizenship. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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