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Introducing global development

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Introducing global development

This course will introduce you to ideas of global development and the interconnectedness of the world when it comes to understanding the most pressing social, economic, political, and environmental issues of our time. It will highlight the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and outline key global development issues such as migration, socio-economic security, technological innovation and environmental sustainability. You’ll be introduced to a conceptual framework called PASH (power, agency, scale and history) that will help you to make sense of these issues and consider how we might better respond to them.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course DD870 Understanding global development. You might also be interested in the related OpenLearn course, DD871 Introducing key global development challenges. To find out more, explore this OpenLearn article, which includes a video explaining what you can expect to learn.

Course learning outcomes

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • use ideas of global development to better understand the interconnectedness of the world and how this shapes the major social, economic, political and environmental issues
  • appreciate the global development agenda as represented by the Sustainable Development Goals and key development issues such as migration and environmental sustainability
  • understand how to use a conceptual framework (PASH) to analyse global development and key development issues.

First Published: 09/08/2022

Updated: 09/08/2022

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