Undergraduate Modules 2016-17

DEV20130 Sustainable Development Goals

Prof Patrick Paul Walsh

Semester 2, Monday 16:00-17:00 and Wednesday 14:00-15:00

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, Health, Education, Gender, Partnership, Industrial Development, Cities, Forests, Oceans, Water 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 emphasised throughout. To get a better feel for the course take some time to look at the readings which can be found on Blackboard. 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.

DSCY10010 Global Development Goals

Prof Patrick Paul Walsh

Semester 2, Tuesday 14:00-16:00

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

Postgraduate Taught Courses

TCD-UCD Masters in Development Practice

2 years full time

MA / MSc International Development 

1 year full time / 2 years part time

PhD Programme

PhD in Global Human Development

The PhD in Global Human Development is part of the Human Development Initiative (HDI). HDI aims to promote and foster development education, produce quality research in partnership with southern universities and raise awareness of contemporary development issues through various outreach programmes. It is comprised of an inter disciplinary group of academics, researchers and students whose work focuses on contemporary development issues.

The PhD in Global Human Development is a 3-4 year full time ‘sandwich’ programme jointly offered by UCD and one of a number of other universities in Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe and China. (University of Dar Es Salaam, University of Malawi, University of Zimbabwe and Xiamen University), or any other university in a ‘developing country’ willing to accept students for their obligatory research stay. The programme has been developed for government personnel and public servants (such as Higher Education academics, research institutes) mainly in East Africa.

PhD students on the programme are required to spend at least one semester per academic year at UCD. Consequently the following semester has to be spent at their research university under the supervision of the student’s ‘local’ supervisor.

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