DSCY10010 Global Development Goals

Academic Year 2021/2022

In this unique, multidisciplinary module, taught by academics from different Colleges and different Schools in UCD, students have the opportunity to learn at first hand about global development. The module takes as its focus the United Nations (UN) agenda for sustainable global development that runs from 2015 to 2030. The agenda includes 17 goals that together aim to end poverty, combat climate change and fight injustice and inequality. Students will also hear about research in UCD that will contribute to the achievement of these goals. Taking this module provides an opportunity to learn about topics of critical importance for humanity and the planet.

How will I learn?
• The module uses a range of approaches to teaching and learning including traditional faculty-led seminars, student presentations, experiential learning, classroom role-play and case studies. There will also be a opportunity to take on line courses with the SDG Academy using https://courses.sdgacademy.org/

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
• demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the 17 UN goals for sustainable development.
• Understand the implications of these goals for sustainable development
• Critically analyse the nature of the gap between the current global situation in relation to poverty, injustice and climate change and the aspirations of the goals.
• Demonstrate an ability to communicate clearly with others about the significance of the global development goals
• Understand the importance of different disciplines and professional expertise to the achievement of these goals.
• Understand how local actions in Ireland and UCD can make a difference in the achievement of these goals.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Online learning
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Rolling Summary of Key Learnings and Questions from weekly guest (online) lectures Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Continuous Assessment: SDG Academy Course Throughout the Trimester n/a Graded No


Group Project: Policy Brief from SDG Week Project Week 12 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?

General feedback is given in lectures. Individuals can attend office hours for feedback, if needed.