Outcome Chart - Manitoba - Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability 12 (40S)

This outcome chart contains media-related learning outcomes from the Manitoba, Grade 12 Global Issues: Citizenship and Sustainability curriculum, with links to supporting resources on the MediaSmarts site.

Inquiry topic: Consumerism

Overall Expectations

  • What is consumerism? How is it described? What drives consumerism?
  • What is the role of media in fuelling consumerism? What images does society project about how people should live and what makes them happy?

Specific Expectations

  • History of consumerism
  • Production of goods and services
  • Variations of consumerism: affluence, conspicuous consumption, overconsumption, profligate consumption
  • Relationship between political and economic interests, investment decisions, production, marketing and distribution, and consumption
  • The people/corporations that own the media
  • Advertising to children and other groups
  • Advertising in public spaces
  • Consumerism and social status

Suggested Essential Questions:

What are the impacts of production and consumption in North America on the environment? On society? On people here and around the world? How does our consumption affect poorer people and nations?

  • How do the media affect our thoughts and actions?
  • Who/what influences our consumption choices?
  • Whose needs are being met when we consume?
  • Why does our society generally think of consumption as a good thing?
  • What does it mean to be a consumer, versus being a citizen?

Lessons that meet Grade 12 expectations

Inquiry topic: Gender

Essential Questions

  • What is feminism? What is sexism?
  • What are homophobia and heterosexism?
  • What are gender roles? How do they affect me?
  • Do they affect others differently? (Opposite sex, LGBTQ, people of colour, poor people)
  • How have gender roles changed? How have they stayed the same?
  • What steps could be taken to involve more women in the political process?

Lessons that meet Grade 12 expectations

Inquiry topic: Media

Essential Questions

  • How does media influence, affect, and control us?
  • How has this influence changed through time?
  • Do media create or reflect our world?
  • How free is the press?
  • What is the relationship between media control, power, and profit?
  • What is the impact of new and alternative media?
  • How does media literacy help us to become critical thinkers and responsible citizens?

Lessons that meet Grade 12 expectations