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What's the real cost?

Year 9 Social Studies

John-Paul Powley

on 21 July 2018

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Transcript of What's the real cost?

Economic Decisions
Year 9, Term Two
Taken home
Title Page
This term our topic has a lot to do with
What does that word mean?
The clue is the word

So, you a consumer of Goods and Services. What's the difference between those two things?

In pairs make a list of some goods and services you have BOTH consumed over the last week. Find five things in common.
So, we are all consumers because we buy and use things all the time. For now let's separate out two times of consuming. You are a consumer when you
a Coke. You also consume a Coke when you drink it. We are interested in the first kind.
Being a consumer isn't bad.

But, consumerism is.

What is consumerism? Any ideas?
Consumerism encourages people to consume goods and services in ever-increasing amounts.
Consumerism is about getting people to get more stuff.
Here is an example of the cost of cheap clothes.
It must be time to make a
Your title page needs to include the word
and some pictures that show what you think this word is about.
We're going to learn what consumerism means
Our topic this term is about consumption
We're going to show our understanding in a title page
Let's look at how consumerism works in the life of an ordinary guy called Daniel, in a made-up town in New Zealand.
Now, read your copy again and highlight every good or service that he uses, and every time he finds out about something outside New Zealand. Annotate the highlighting as you go to show if it is a good or a service or information about the world.
Do you know what a "good" or a "service" is? Think of some examples. This sentence has both in it: "the old Skoda bus comes and Daniel jumps on it."
There are some important words here: produce and consume. We're going to use them a lot.
Daniel's Global Connections
Summarise your annotations into a picture like this in your book:
This whole unit is about economic decisions. If each of you all got $10 you would make different economic decisions about what to do with it. Some of you might save it, some might spend it, or give it to someone, and some might split the money up and do a couple of those things. Each decision you makes comes with a cost. If you spend the whole $10 now, then it costs you the opportunity to spend it on something later. But there are other costs when we make an economic decision, and the question for this unit is: what is the real cost?
We will see how we are connected to the world everyday
So that we are aware that what we decide to buy or do everyday has important effects on people around the world
We will read, annotate and summarise Daniel's story
We will define some of our key words and concepts
So that we can use them well in our lessons and in the assessment
We will make a vocabulary list, and look at the concept wheel
So let's imagine you have been given $250 to spend in one day on
thing. What would you spend it on? Now, think about your object and look at the concept wheel. Write down all of the possible costs and benefits you can think of for your product. Hand in your ideas at the end.
This is a concept circle. It is a way to help you get comfortable with using the key concepts for this unit. You have to write one or two sentences that combine these words. You can change the words a little bit if you like.
Our assessment this term is all about how people have different views about consumption, and how those views shaped their actions. This is a fancy way of saying:
"What does this person think about X, and are they doing about it?
Views and Values
We are looking at how people have different views
Understanding different views helps us understand why there is conflict in society
We will look different views in China Blue
China Blue
We're going to watch a movie called China Blue. It is about WORKERS at the Lifeng Clothing Company in China who PRODUCE jeans.
When we watch we are going to be thinking about views and actions. What do the different people in the movie think about their economic decisions, and what actions do they take because of those views?
"What are costs or benefits of producing jeans for Jasmine?"
"What are costs or benefits of producing jeans for Mr. Lam?"
The real cost of producing jeans at Lifeng is...
This means...
For example.... Another example is....
Producing jeans is...
Remember your concept wheel
Today, let's look at disposal. This seems simple, but of course it isn't really. Some things get disposed of straight away like a banana peel. Some things get tossed out after a few days like a carton of milk, and some things might wait years before they get discarded.


Look at the image gallery below, read the captions and ask questions.
As you go fill out this table:
Disposing of E-Waste
Teachers: Please enter this title into Google and view the 13 images and captions with the class.
Disposing of plastic bottles


We are looking at some of the problems to do with disposal
Responsible shoppers think about what happens to what they buy when they're done with it
We will look at a photo gallery and answer some questions



Which words fit in the gaps?
When you make a product it's called ___________.
When you get materials to make a product it's called ___________.
When you throw away a product it's called _________.
An example of production is when apples get picked and put in boxes. Another example is...
An example of extraction is when people drill for oil. Another example is...
An example of disposal is when people throw their empty cans in the bin. Another example is...
Write three sentences using five words from the wheel about the real cost of buying some new Nike running shoes.
Now, use the concept wheel to write three sentences about Hazelbrook school's economic decision.
Another word for getting rid of something is:
Another word for making something is:
Another word for getting resources is:
Answer this question using these two concept words: environment & workers - "What can be the real costs of production?"
Answer this question using two concept words: "How can consuming things lead to unhappiness?"
We are still looking at the problem of disposal
We should think about what happens to what we buy after we've finished with it
Watching a video and read an article
"Manufactured Demand"
= a business makes you want something you don't need
When you were at primary or intermediate school what was a toy or a thing that you "had" to have. What was good about it? Where is it now?
The benefits of recycling e-waste for Guiyu are...
Explain the benefits and costs of recycling e-waste in Guiyu.
The benefits of recycling e-waste in Guiyu outweigh the costs. To what extent do you agree with this?
Watch the video and complete the task
Bottled water is bad because:
Bottled water is bad for the
Do you agree with Annie that tap is better than bottled water? Explain.

This is a story about bottled water:
Read the story on your sheet and complete the task.
We are looking at the costs and benefits of extraction
Extraction may be the most hidden part of the process because raw materials are often changed before we see them
Write your answer to this equation, and explain that answer - got any examples to prove your point?
Describe two anti-mining views, and one pro-mining view.
Explain the different views on mining in the video, and use evidence to back up your points in a TEXAS paragraph.
Explain what the anti-mining groups' views have in common. Look at the concept wheel and write about two things that link all these groups. Use a TEXAS paragraph.
Benefits of Guiyu's businesses
Costs of Guiyu's businesses
To make aluminium you need bauxite; a mineral that has to be mined. We are going to look at a short film about a company that wanted to mine bauxite and the people who stopped them. As we watch fill out the table:
Leader of the Dongria Kondh
Lanjigarh People
Makers of the film
Vedanta Resources
We will look at one example from India
Glue in your concept wheel and then annotate the words and add examples during the class discussion
Economic decision
Panel Discussion
"The costs of mining the bauxite outweigh the benefits."
The costs outweigh the benefits for the following reasons:
The benefits outweigh the costs for these reasons:
Film Makers
Points of View
What actions have each side taken to support their views?
Organizing a group to write letters, make phone calls, or send e-mails to policy makers
Persuading the media to cover events or to publish stories that highlight particular issues or embarrass politicians and others in power who refuse to do what’s right
Putting together a social media campaign
Putting together or backing a slate of candidates for public office
Attending, as a group (or packing or disrupting, depending on your philosophy and the circumstances), a public meeting at which an issue of interest to your community is being discussed
Performing street theater
Organizing demonstrations, rallies and marches
Picketing or organizing a strike
Organizing a boycott
Organizing a sit-in
Social Action
Discuss this list and think of real life examples. Have survival-international used any of these? Have the local people used any of these strategies? What have Vedanta or the Indian government done?
Putting it together
Vedanta's viewpoint on the mountain of Niyam Raja is that it contains the valuable resource of bauxite which can be used for making aluminum. To make sure that they can get the bauxite Vedanta has taken quite a few actions. They have got permission from the Indian government to use the land. They have made a media campaign to show that they are a good company that cares about people, and they have put aside money to build the Dongria Kondh new homes.
More short clips here too.
Now, write the same paragraph but for survival international or the Dongria Kondh. You paragraph should explain the point of view and actions of the group.
We will look at how views, values and actions go together
This is what you will do in your assessment... it is also a very useful skill when thinking about any news story
We will look at the views, values and actions of Vedanta and Survival International


Unpacking the assessment for this unit
So that you understand the assessment and know what to do to get a good mark
Ask lots of questions
We all buy clothes and clothes definitely connect us to the world. Even if the clothes were made in New Zealand (which most aren't) the material will likely be from another country.
What about your uniform? What are the different parts made of, and where were they made?
What is Fair Trade?
This clip is about fair trade, but it is also about a whole series of decisions. Many of those decisions are economic.
1. a person who purchases goods and services for personal use

"Consumers in America have been spending a lot of money this Christmas."

synonyms: purchaser, buyer, customer, shopper

2. a person or thing that eats or uses something.
"The Czech Republic is the largest consumer of beer"
Getting stuff though comes at a cost. Aside from money what are other types of cost?
What's the real cost?
What does this diagram show?
What are costs and benefits at each stage?
An example:
Refer to your TEXAS slide show that your teacher has shared with you
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