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Course Overview

The course explores global sustainable development by focusing on how development is advanced in international and national protocols and policies, mainly the Global Goals, which are championed by the United Nations and various agencies and national governments. Academic and policy texts as well as films are used on the course. Throughout the course there will be a focus on ethical development, equity and social inclusion, peace and justice, quality health and education and climate action. Case studies will be used to illustrate different actions and practices for sustainable development. Cultural, social, economic and political barriers to progress will be identified and critiqued. The course will conclude with critical suggestions for the realization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 1
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Peter Mtika

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2
  • Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course will cover a broad range of issues with respect to selected Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Substantive topics include: What is development and how do we measure progress; ethics of sustainable development; poverty and hunger elimination; equitable and inclusive quality education; good health and well-being; climate action; peace, justice and development; decent work and economic growth.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 8 - 16

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

1x Essay - 30%

1x Computerised quiz - 30%

1x Group presentation- 40%

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will become critical thinkers and effective communicators and critiques of sustainable development discourses.
ReflectionEvaluateStudents will learn from each other and propose possible solutions for the realisation of sustainable global development.
ProceduralEvaluateStudents will develop their own case studies related to specific Sustainable Development Goals and thereby contribute in the creation of knowledge and understanding through research and inquiry.
ConceptualEvaluateStudents will develop their understanding of social and civic responsibilities, and of the rights of individuals and groups in advancing Sustainable Development Goals.
ConceptualAnalyseStudents will develop knowledge and understanding of individual sustainable development goals and their interrelatedness from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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