A Global Perspective within the Curriculum


Through a coordinated approach to learning via arts, mother tongue, languages other than mother tongue, health and physical education, mathematics, science, studies of society and environment and technology, it is possible to bring a global perspective across the curriculum.

Knowledge and Understanding – Interdependence and Globalisation

The Arts

Study the impact of globalisation and interdependence on the artworks of different cultures and societies. *

Is there a Scandinavian style that can be seen across the Scandinavian countries?

Is Finnish art influenced by other countries or are artists independent of national influence?

How has art changed over the past three decades?

Is there a difference between a countries art before & after the rise of the interconnectedness of globalisation?

Mother Tongue

Explore & discuss a range of texts about & from diverse cultures & traditions. 

Appreciate the themes, techniques & traditions particular to various cultures and commonality of human experience.

Can you see a continuous theme that runs through these texts, are there similarities between cultures.

Health and Physical Education

Investigate global health issues (e.g. disease prevention, pandemics) & the impact of these within countries & across regions. 

How have global health issues affected the growth of specific regions?

Have some countries struggled under controllable health issues due to lack of funding?

Languages Other Than Mother Tongue

Deepen understanding of the conceptions and connections between languages and cultures. 


Source, tabulate, interpret & present data about regional development and cooperation. 


Recognise how the use of science has changed the way people live in Finland & in other countries. 

What advances in science have made life better for Finns?

How has this affected our relations with other countries?

Studies of Society and Environment

Explore history of people, places & ideas & recognise the interdependence of past events in different societies & cultures. 

Consider the economic, social & cultural connections of Finnish people to other people of the European/Scandinavian region.

What do Finns have in common with their neighbours?

List important things for Finns and important things for Swedes, do they match? If not where do they differ?


Explore examples of the positive and negative impact of technology on the development of different societies. 

How has the development of technologies benefited different cultures?

Have all the benefits been positive?

Knowledge & Understanding – Identity and Cultural Diversity

The Arts

Learn about, and learn to appreciate, traditional and contemporary artworks from a range of cultures. 

Mother Tongue

Analyse how media presents people from different cultures, identifying bias and conflicting interests. 

Does media show people from different cultures in any specific way?

Could these ways be considered stereotyping? If so, how?

Health and Physical Education

Investigate the role of games & sports within historical and social contexts. 

Are there specific rivalries between Finland and its neighbours in certain sports?

Where do these rivalries come from? Are they healthy?

Languages Other Than Mother Tongue

Deepen understanding of the traditional and contemporary cultures. 

Develop an understanding of culture as a multifaceted, variable, dynamic construct. 

What makes up culture, can we define it or is it in scope to vast to be categorised?

Can we incorporate another countries culture into our own, or should we try to encourage each country to hold onto its own cultural identity?


Develop an awareness of the history of mathematics & the contributions of diverse cultures & societies to mathematical knowledge. 

Where have the different branches of mathematics been developed?


Identify & appreciate how people of diverse cultures have contributed to and shaped the development of science. 

Studies of Society and Environment

Explore how aspects of Finland have been shaped by migration & geography and history, and make comparisons with other countries. 


Recognise that there may be unequal access to technology (e.g. the digital divide) within & between different parts of the world and discuss some reasons for this.

Recognise alternative use of technology to solve local issues.

Knowledge and Understanding – Social Justice and Human Rights

The Arts

Examine perspectives exhibited in artworks in various cultures over time. 

Does the art of different cultures express their ideas on Social Justice in different ways?

Can you identify a country from its art?

Mother Tongue

Recognise & challenge prejudice & cultural stereotypes in texts. 

Are there Finnish writers of the past that could now be accused of prejudice or stereotypes?

How are those writers viewed today?

(IE In the same way that Kipling is revered in English writing but is also very much accused of racism)

Health and Physical Education

Understand how men’s and women’s health and physical development are influenced by factors such as culture, gender inequality and poverty. 

Explore issues of social equity as it affects sports performance.

Languages Other Than Mother Tongue

Explore the most culturally appropriate ways to take action about social justice and human rights in a specific culture. 


Survey & present findings about life experiences of people in other places.


Examine how science can positively & negatively impact on the lives of people in developing countries. 

Studies of Society and Environment

Explore ways in which international events can affect Finland’s relationship with other regions.

Recognise the role of the United Nations in promoting peoples’ rights and responsibilities.

Examine ways in which international agreements affect life in various places.


How can technology aid us in our attempt to bring social justice to all and how it can benefit us in our approach to human rights?

Knowledge & Understanding – Sustainable Futures

The Arts

Develop artworks, which present differing perspectives on sustainability such as logging, whaling or desalination plants. 

Would these differing views on sustainability be available in each country or specific countries?

Could you develop artwork in each countries style to promote these projects?

Mother Tongue

Create a media presentation or campaign designed to change behaviour for a more sustainable future. 

What would sell sustainability to people in your country?

Are there ways of thinking in your country that a campaign can be adapted to address?

Health and Physical Education

Investigate ways of providing food security and health within economic and environmental constraints. 

Languages Other Than Mother Tongue

Describe how languages & cultures frame our thinking about the past, present & future. 

Do accepted/stereotypical cultural aspects make us think in certain ways about other cultures and peoples?


Use data to test ideas and solutions relevant to sustainable development and to predict futures. 


Recognise that scientific understandings have changed over time and that different cultures may have different views in relation to scientific practice. 

Examine aspects of ecological sustainability.

Describe causes for & responses to changes to the surface of the Earth or the atmosphere.

Studies of Society and Environment

Investigate sustainable development to identify the effect on people & the environment. 

Investigate how countries & international organisations, cooperate to achieve sustainable futures. 


Examine & create simple technology using renewable energy to make daily activities easier. 

Skills & Processes

The Arts

Create artworks using a range of art practices to communicate understanding and opinions about global issues. 

Mother Tongue

Develop confidence in writing & speaking about global issues in the classroom & in other forums. 

Identify, discuss & challenge simplistic reporting, stereotyping & bias in the media.

Health & Physical Education

Develop skills of negotiation. 

Languages Other Than Mother Tongue

Use the language to communicate with a range of audiences about global issues. 

Communicate orally & in writing with people in other countries.


Use mathematical skills to interpret data & statistics about countries & regions. 


Apply relevant scientific understanding to make responsible, ethical & informed decisions about global issues. 

Studies of Society & Environment

Investigate, reason, participate & communicate using a range of traditional & contemporary texts.

Use spatial tools (maps, photographs, satellite images) to analyse development.


Use the Internet to source, sort & evaluate information about other countries. 

Develop design briefs that will contribute to a solution for a global issue or problem.



(Ideas in Italics have been adapted from the Australian Global education programme 2002)












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