EDUC44110 Global Development Education

Academic Year 2023/2024

Global citizenship education has a wide remit to address including gender, peace and non-violence, lifestyles and consumption. It includes complex knowledge areas, value changes and relies upon transformational learning so that learners are empowered and motivated towards positive changes.
GCE origins lies in Development Education, Environmental education and other adjectival educations. In 2015, the UN Sustainable Development Goals were launched with 17 goals for implementation by 2030 to transform our planet. Goal 4 centres on Quality Education and Target 4.7 stipulates that by 2030, and the Roadmap for 2030 sets out the challenge for education:
‘Educators in all educational settings can help learners understand the complex choices that sustainable development requires and motivate them to transform themselves and society’ (UNESCO 2020 p.30).
Education plays a large role in fulfilling this goal and preparing young people for future by understanding the complexity of the task and instilling motivation for social transformation. This is the challenge for education across the world; for teachers to be prepared and ready to address these issues and include in their lessons; for education policy-makers to include all aspects of GCE; and for learners to engage with the issues.
This module addresses many of these topics and questions; beginning with an overview of the history and policies supporting Development Education and GCE in Ireland and other countries; we will examine its implementation in developing country contexts; and address the underlying questions on the purpose of education.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the module the students should have developed:
1. An understanding of Global Citizenship Education including theory, pedagogy and history.
2. In-depth knowledge of the complex social, economic and cultural challenges societies face in implementing sustainable development
3. Skills to analyse policy documents, publications and educational materials related to Global Development Education and Global Citizenship Education.
4. Skills for the analysis of complex social, economic and cultural challenges.
5. Skills to synthesize key concepts of Global Development Education and Global Citizenship Education.

Indicative Module Content:

1. The key concepts, theories and pedagogy underpinning Global Citizenship Education, including the history and origins of Global Citizenship Education
2. What is Sustainable Development and the SDGs as major international policy to address the complex challenges facing the planet and people.
3. Implementation of Global Citizenship Education in Ireland, Europe and internationally
4. Pedagogy and teaching for a global, sustainable and equitable world

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Seminar (or Webinar)




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
The key teaching and learning approaches used in the module are:
- Online lectures
- Seminars
- Reflective and critical writing activities
- Task- based learning

All module materials are available in Brightspace, divided up into the weekly lecture topics.
Each week has four elements: a core reading, lecture slides and recording, learning task, and further readings.
Each week, you will complete the core reading and listen to the online lecture.
During the weekly seminar we will discuss the reading and lecture content.
A learning task is completed each week. 
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: Final essay Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Continuous Assessment: Digital portfolio of weekly tasks Throughout the Trimester n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer 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?

Students will receive feedback in online class on their class-based assignments and self-assessment activities. Students also receive individual feedback on their essays.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Online Learning Offering 1 Week(s) - Autumn: All Weeks Tues 14:00 - 15:50