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Geography at key stage 3    (Year 9)

Unit 18: The global fashion industry

About this unit

In this unit pupils develop their understanding of the global nature of economic activity and development through a study of the fashion industry.

They investigate the interdependence between people, places and environments in this industry and through this study begin to understand the concept of globalisation, ie how what happens in one part of the world affects people everywhere.

The activities are developed around the focus of the fashion industry, but if this topic is not suitable for pupils in a particular school an alternative could be used, eg toys, electrical equipment, processed foods.

Many of the activities rely on using material from development education centres and particular internet websites. These are listed in the 'Resources' section.

This unit is expected to take 8-11 hours.

Sections in this unit

This unit is divided into sections. Each section contains a sequence of activities with related objectives and outcomes. You can view this unit by moving through the sections or print/download the whole unit.
1. What is meant by the global fashion industry?
2. How does the fashion industry connect people around the globe?
3. How does world trade work? How does this affect the countries involved? How have trade patterns changed?
4. What do we mean by 'globalisation'?
5. How does globalisation affect the fashion industry?
6. How does globalisation affect people at a local level? What happens if the chain is broken?
7. Who are the winners and losers in the globalisation process? Is this fair?
8. What might the future be like?