Quick summary: In this lesson, students will explore some of the social and environmental issues associated with global supply chains. They will also develop a campaign to raise awareness and encourage social action to pressure transnational corporations to reduce negative impacts along all links in their supply chain.
This lesson supports students to inquire into the big idea of ‘real wealth’. Students develop an understanding of shared values, and build their sustainable and ethical financial knowledge, equipping them with the skills to make sound financial decisions based on social, environmental and economical merit.
- Students investigate social and environmental issues associated with the global supply chains of transnational corporations.
- Students develop a campaign to raise awareness and take action against the negative impacts of a transnational corporation.
- Students develop skills of analysis, critical thinking, inquiry and social action.
Cross-curriculum priority: Sustainability OI.6, OI.8.
Australian Curriculum content description:
Year 9 Economics and Business
- Why and how participants in the global economy are dependent on each other (ACHEK039)
Year 10 Economics and Business
- The ways businesses organise themselves to improve productivity, including the ways they manage their workforce, and how they respond to changing economic conditions (ACHEK054)
Syllabus Outcomes: C5.2, C5.3, C5.4.
Unit of lessons: Real Wealth Year 9 & 10
Time required: 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – view video and review suggested websites beforehand.
Resources required: Student Worksheet – one copy per student OR computers/tablets to access the online worksheet, device capable of presenting a website to the class. CSR And Shared Value, Real Wealth Cheat Sheet, Glossary Secondary.
Digital technology opportunities: Supply chain issues (Ted Talk) video, various websites required for supply chain issues inquiry and campaign, digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Stop the Exploitation Campaign inquiry and campaign activity will provide students with a lot of scope to look deeper into issues or to investigate more complex issues. The choice in terms of how they present their campaign will also give those requiring extension an opportunity to produce a more complex and sophisticated final product.
Keywords: global supply chain, transnational corporation, globalisation, fair trade, exploitation.
Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.