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Global Sustainable Development Project

Module leaders: Dr Maria Gavris and Ninna Makrinov
  • Module code: GD107
  • Core module |15 CATs
  • Terms 2 and 3 | 14 weeks
  • 9 lectures | 10 seminars | 4 group supervisions
  • Guest lectures
  • Not available to students outside the School for Cross-faculty Studies

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Principal Aims

This module requires students to engage actively in understanding the real-life application of the theories they studied in their first year modules. The problem we investigate is sustainable transport: this is obviously a broad area of study, and one that has a wealth of qualitative and quantitative data to be examined / critiqued. The module aims to provide students with opportunities to examine the Economic, Environmental and Social arguments that have been advanced in relation to the case. In this respect the module’s aim aligns with the Quality Assurance Agency’s advice that:

“Pedagogical approaches that are particularly effective in the context of education for sustainable development tend to have an authentic aspect, enabling students to relate their learning to real-life problems and situations” (June 2014).

The module also aims to strengthen the research skills of students, though a combination of assessed online activities, taught workshops, and an assessed reflective journal on the process of completing the group project. In groups led by an academic supervisor, each group of maximum 6 students will formulate one question for in-depth investigation to produce an output (the format of which can vary) and a presentation to a public forum.


  Please note: Module availability and staffing may change year on year depending on availability and other operational factors. The School for Cross-faculty Studies makes no guarantee that any modules will be offered in a particular year, or that they will necessarily be taught by the staff listed on this page.