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Social Principles of Global Sustainable Development

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins

Dr Leon Sealey-Huggins

Module Leader

Term 1
10 weeks
9 lectures
9 workshops
Not available to students outside the School for Cross-Faculty Studies

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Please note: The information on this page relates to the 2020-21 academic year.

Principal Aims and Teaching Methods

This module addresses the social and political principles of GSD. Its teaching methods range from Stimulus to Simulation in order to allow students to engage with theoretically complex concepts through practical activities. It is taught in a combination of lectures and seminars and involves group activities as well as online collaboration.

This is a rich and fascinating module, the more time you spend reading independently and conducting research on the topics we are studying, the more rewarding you will find it. The knowledge and skills that you acquire on this module provide essential background for the mini-project module and for the core second year modules.

Principal Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  • Offer a well-informed evidence-based explanation of the key challenges that face our world, focussing on the social and political dimensions
  • Explain the global social problems that are caused by particular forms of economic development
  • Explain and reflect critically on the reasons why some countries developed while others stayed poor
  • Engage critically with various strategies that have been suggested to address social inequality
  • Develop an understanding of the sustainability implications for societies of different forms of food, education and health challenges
  • Write critically about different ideas of sustainable development


Group Presentation 10-15 minutes (25%)  

5 x Online Quizzes (25%)

1 x Essay (50%)