Global Perspectives Curriculum

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in structured, teacher-led lessons covering the key skills you need to develop. Teacher-led lessons will include critical thinking and research skills, and discussions on the local and national perspectives surrounding issues and topics. To look into the national perspective about an issue, you will study extracts from newspaper articles, blogs and opinion pieces, and the local perspective will encourage you to develop your own opinions and ideas. You will also have several research lessons, where you will be able to investigate the global perspective on each of the topics and can look into a wide variety of issues. These lessons will be closely supervised by your teacher, and you will have specific tasks to achieve at the end of each session.

How will my progress be assessed?

You will be assessed both formally and informally. You will be set regular homework and classwork tasks, assessing your understanding of the key critical thinking and research skills, in addition to extended writing tasks on your own personal opinion about some of the topics. At the end of each topic, you will be assessed on the research you have carried out and your reflections on what you have learned. At the end of each term, you will use your research to create and deliver a project displaying, analysing and reflecting on what you have learned about one of the issues studied.

Beyond the curriculum?

Global Perspectives is a very wide and varied subject, allowing you to investigate an almost unlimited amount of issues around the world. You are encouraged to continue your research at home, by reading articles online or by reading local, national and international newspapers. You are also encouraged to see and understand as much of the world and other cultures as possible, by watching documentaries or by going on holidays and School trips when you can. Many of the issues covered will link with topics covered in other subjects, and with issues debated during Junior Colloquium.

Second Year

Michaelmas

Introduction to Global Perspectives

Introduction to the course, skills and topics.

Key Skills

Research Skills; Facts, Opinions and Value Judgements; Analysing Arguments and Sources.

Family and Traditions

Discussion of Local Perspective; Study of National Perspective; Research into Global Perspective.

Sport and Health

Discussion of Local Perspective; Study of National Perspective; Research into Global Perspective.

Technology and Leisure

Discussion of Local Perspective; Study of National Perspective; Research into Global Perspective. End of term project.

Lent

Key Skills

Collaboration and Teamwork; Writing Effective Arguments, Presentation Skills.

Education and Employment

Discussion of Local Perspective; Study of National Perspective; Research into Global Perspective.

Environment and Animals

Discussion of Local Perspective; Study of National Perspective; Research into Global Perspective.

Justice and Conflict

Discussion of Local Perspective; Study of National Perspective; Research into Global Perspective. End of term project.

Trinity

Group projects

Group project work on raising awareness of an issue. Collaborative project with a partner school in another country.

Debating

Structured debate on some of the issues researched, with teaching of debating skills and preparation and delivery of a formal debate.