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How the World Works

Source: Debt and Development Coalition Ireland

This pack promotes awareness about the causes of global inequalities, understanding of how to bring about change through taking action, and how to cultivate empathy towards people in the Global South linked to a sense of responsibility towards working to support justice. The unit employs a cross-curricular approach to teaching and is suitable for Transition Year. The unit also links to:

  • Social Education in Leaving Certificate Applied
  • Leaving Certificate Economics: multinational companies, international trade and globalisation, developing countries and development, sustainable economic growth
  • Junior Certificate Geography: Section C - Economic Inequality: the Earth?s Resources - who benefits?
  • Junior Certificate History: International Relations in the 20th century
  • Leaving Certificate Geography - Unit 6: Global Interdependence
  • Leaving Certificate History: Early Modern Europe (colonisation, the slave trade, etc) Later Modern Europe(Economic consequences of the process of decolonisation, trade, aid and famine in post-colonial Africa)
  • Religious Education: The religious imperative to act for justice and peace
  • ICT for research and presentation of project work
  • Proposed draft Leaving Certificate syllabus Politics and Society

The 77-page Teacher's Guide includes curriculum links, aims and learning outcomes, evaluation guides, further resources, timeframe per activity, and is driven by 20 prepared activities that were developed in accordance with the National Council for Curriculum Assessment (NCCA) guidelines:

If you cannot view the file, click here to download the PDF.

Additional Resources:

For more information, see the Education section on the Debt and Development Coalition Ireland website. Includes PowerPoint presentations and video links to accompany the resource.

See Debt and Development Coalition Ireland's 'Down to Earth Guide to the Debt Crisis'.

See Debt and Development Coalition Ireland's 'Down to Earth Guide to Tax Justice'.

See Debt and Development Coalition Ireland's 'Accounting for Justice'.