DEV20130 Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Academic Year 2022/2023

In this module we examine the most topical and pressing sustainable development challenges. We do this through an examination of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. We start the course by asking what the SDGs are, whether they can be achieved. We then move on to consider key areas related to the 17 different SDGs, covering the most relevant academic and policy debate.

Topics include; Measuring Sustainable Development, Poverty Dynamics, Famine, Income Inequality, Partnership, Industrial Development, Forests, Oceans and Climate Change. This course adopts a multi-disciplinary perspective that will be of interest to students in all disciplines, including Politics, Economics, History, Sociology, Law, Public Health, Medicine, Geography, Engineering, Anthropology and Agriculture.

Throughout the course students are set tasks and forced to ask questions of the material they are presented. Class participation and active learning is emphasized throughout. To get a better feel for the course take some time to look at the readings which can be found on Brightspace. The course is accessible to those with little or no social science background and will be useful to a number of future career paths - not just those interested in development work. As the world becomes ever more closely integrated a good understanding of the developing world is increasingly valuable and important.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of the module: You will have an understanding of the key debates surrounding the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the UN 2030 Agenda;You will want to know more about development;You will have had the opportunity to develop analytical, writing and communication skills while working on multi-disciplinary development issues.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning








Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Class teaching
Graded Essays
Critical Thinking
Policy Analysis
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations
Learning Recommendations:

This multidisciplinary module is open to all students who wish to gain a better understanding of issues of development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Millennium Development Goals (POL20130)

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Essay: Essay 2 Week 12 n/a Graded No


Assignment: SDG Academy Course Throughout the Trimester n/a Pass/Fail Grade Scale No


Essay: Essay 1 Week 6 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Autumn No
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Once each student relieves a grade for each assignment, the feedback will be given in lectures. Each student is welcome to attend office hours for individual feedback.

Name Role
Patrick Keane Tutor
Jelena Radakovic Tutor
Carl Smith Tutor
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 Wed 14:00 - 15:50