Unit 2 – Data for Development


Aristotle once famously questioned, “What is the good life?” Over the years, many have tried to answer this question and actually measure how ‘good’ our lives are, focusing on things like wealth, education, health, and happiness. In this unit, we will use data to examine the different levels of economic and human development across the world and draw conclusions about what countries must do to help their citizens realise ‘the good life’.


Lesson 1 – “Healthy, Wealthy and Wise” Introduction to development
We begin our unit on human and economic development by brainstorming ‘the good life’ – what is necessary for human beings to live good lives? What is necessary for a country to bring about these conditions for its citizens?

Lesson 2 – “The Great Global Trading Game!”
In this two-part lesson, we will prepare and run a game that simulates real world trade. The goal is to help our allocated countries exploit their strengths to achieve their development goals, whilst also managing the negative impacts of such change.

Lesson 3 – “Development Indicators”
In previous lessons, we looked at the importance of wealth and economic development. Today, we branch out and evaluate other indicators (such as literacy) as well.

Lesson 4 – “Startling Statistics”
Complex information can be displayed effectively in visual ways. In terms of measuring development, graphs are particularly effective. Today we will start looking at graphs from Gapminder.com.

Lesson 5 – “Data for Development”
In these lessons, we will plan and prepare a presentation for a United Nations Development Conference! We will use Gapminder and CIA World Factbook as sources for research.

Lesson 6 – “Population Problems”
Population pressure presents significant and challenges for the world as a whole. However, this pressure is not spread equally across the world, and each country encounters unique challenges and opportunities related to population. Today, we learn to interpret population pyramids and learn about the demographic transition model.

Lesson 7 – “Conference Collaborations”
Now that we have finished our individual research, it is time to share our findings! We will compare and contrast our respective countries’ situations and then plan, prepare and execute a formal, informative speech at the UNDP Conference!

Lesson 8 – “Investigating Infographics”
We have previously seen the power of visualising complex data. In this lesson, we will take our critical literacy skills to the next level by learning about what makes a great infographic and how to analyse and evaluate sources using the OPVL method.


TASK 3 – UNDP Conference Presentation (Gapminder)

TASK 4 – Infographic evaluation (OPVL)