Global Village: GCSE Citizenship.

Below are 16 lessons that I have created and used to teach Human Rights for GCSE Citizenship. They can also be used for a non-GCSE Key stage 4 programme.

The lessons can be taught as stand-alone lessons or lessons within a Politics scheme of work, which, if they are, are designed to be taught in the order they appear below.

Each lesson contains:

  • Aims.
  • Objectives.
  • Resources (the handouts are underneath the learning activities). 
  • Learning Activities.

Lesson contents:

  • Introduction: 1 lesson.
  • Global warming: 2 lessons.
  • Raising awareness of global warming: 3 lessons.
  • Sustainable Development: 1 lesson.
  • Globalisation: 2 lessons.
  • Sweatshops: 1 lesson.
  • LEDC debt: 2 lessons.
  • The United Nations: 2 lessons.

Some of the lesson activities refer to pages in the Collins Edexcel GCSE textbook ‘Citizenship Today’ by Jenny Wales.


Lesson 1: Introduction.

Aim. To learn prior knowledge peers have on the unit question and topics to be studied.


Lesson 2-3 Global Warming.

Aim. To find out the causes and consequences of Global Warming as research to teach others.


Lesson 4-6 Raising Awareness of Global Warming.

Aim. To educate our peers on the importance of, and how to, recycle.


Lesson 7: Sustainable Development.

Aim. To find a solution to the world’s energy problems.


Lessons 8-9: Sustainable Tourism.

Aim. To solve tourism problems in Kamakura, Japan using sustainable development.


Lessons 10-11: Globalisation.

Aim: To look at the pros and cons of Globalisation and its effect on our lives.


Lesson 12: Sweatshops.

Aim: To understand the conditions of sweatshops and debate whether to boycott companies who use them.


Lessons 13-14: LEDC Debt.

To compare LEDCs with MEDCs and to decide whether LEDC debt should be cancelled.


Lessons 15-16: The United Nations.

Aim. To research, inform and learn about the main parts of the UN and The UK’s role in it.