INTRODUCTION TO GLOBAL CHALLENGES

SHE Level 1
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M1N226285
Module Leader Zoubeir Emambokus
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject SHLS - School Office
Trimesters
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to introduce students to selected global challenges and opportunities in the African and global contexts, while also exploring approaches to understanding and addressing these challenges and opportunities. This module will do so through the exploration of the following problem solving pathways: Business Strategy and Investment, Programme and Product Design, Policy and Advocacy, and Data Analytics. Students will learn to describe, understand, and classify a select number of African and global challenges. Additionally, they will examine the context surrounding these challenges, deepen their understanding of the challenges, and analyze key strategies and solutions that have been implemented to address these challenges. The module will enable students to explore the root causes of the challenges using systems thinking informed by a variety of disciplines. It will also enable students to employ a variety of methods of inquiry and problem-solving. Tutorials, group tasks, guest lectures, and seminars will be used flexibly along with extensive online material to provide students with a foundation in challenges in Africa. Students will also gain insight into how research informs evidence-based practice and policy, and how non-profits, start-ups, companies, and governments impact the challenges.

Syllabus

-360-252-1? Challenges-2 -1 facing -1 Africa-2 -1 and the-2 world: -360-252-1? Urbanization -360-252-1? Education -360-252-1? Healthcare -360-252-1? Climate -1 Change -360-252-1? Governance -360-252-1? Job -1 Creation -360-252-1? Infrastructure -360-252-1? Opportunities -1 in -1 Africa: -360-252-1? Agriculture -360-252-1? Natural -1 Resource -2 Management -361-252-1? Wildlife -1 Conservation -360-252-1? Regional -1 Integration -360-252-1? Arts, -1 Design -1 And-2 -1 Culture -360-252-1? Tourism -360-1? Empowerment Of-5 Women -360-1? Problem -2 Solving -1 Methodologies -360-252-1? Business -1 Strategy-2 -1 and-2 -1 Investment -360-252-1? Programme-2 -1 and -1 Product Design -360-252-1? Policy-2 -1 and -1 Advocacy -360-252-1? Data -1 Analytics -360-252-1? Measuring -1 social -1 impact -361-252-1? Government, non-government and -1 private -1 sector role -1 in -1 global -1 challenges/opportunities -360-252-1? Future-2 -1 trends -360-1? Success -1 stories-2 -1 in -1 challenges/opportunities

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:1). Identify and explain Africa's biggest challenges and opportunities using multidisciplinary perspectives.2). Compare and contrast different challenges and opportunities, and identify ways in which they intersect and overlap.3). Describe the various ways that public and private agencies interact with these challenges and opportunities.4). Use systems thinking to consider the root causes and impacts of the challenges and opportunities in Africa.5). Discuss the effectiveness of various potential methodologies (e.g. Business Strategy and Investment, Programme and Product Design, Policy and Advocacy, and Data Analytics) to working towards solving some of Africa’s biggest challenges/opportunities.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

A -1 range -2 of -1 teaching -1 and -1 learning -1 methods / -1 strategies -1 and -1 environments -1 will -1 be -1 used -1 which -1 are -1 appropriate to -1 each -1 mode -2 of -1 delivery (face to -1 face, -1 blended, -1 online) to -1 build a -1 robust -1 foundation -2 of -1 knowledge -1 and -1 skills -1 and -1 promote -1 self-directed -1 learning -1 in -1 students. -1 Students first -1 engage -1 with -1 content -1 on the -1 Learning -1 Management -1 System. -1 During -1 facilitated -1 learning, -2 which -1 can -1 occur face to face -1 or -1 online, -1 students -1 will -1 apply -1 and -1 practice -2 what -1 they -2 have -1 learned -1 through -2 active -1 and -1 collaborative -1 learning -1 experiences -1 and -1 receive -1 feedback from -1 their -1 peers -1 and -1 instructors. -1 Students -1 will engage -1 in -1 deliberate -1 practice -1 both -1 individually -1 and -1 with -1 their -1 peers -1 and -1 conduct -1 regular -1 peer -1 assessments -1 and -1 self-assessments -1 to -1 further -1 strengthen -1 their developing -1 skills -1 and -1 their -1 understanding -2 of -1 module -1 content.

Indicative Reading

-360-1? Banerjee, -1 A. and-2 -1 Duflo,-3 -1 E. -1 (2011). Poor Economics: A-2 -1 Radical -1 Rethinking-2 of the-7 Way-4 to -1 Fight Global -1 Poverty. Public -1 Affairs. -360-252-1? Boserup, E. -1 (2015).-5 Woman's-2 -1 Role -1 in -1 Economic-2 -1 Development. Taylor & -1 Francis, -360-252-1? Diamandis, -1 P. (2012). -2 Abundance:-1 The-2 -1 Future-2 Is-2 -1 Better Than -1 You-2 -1 Think. -1 Free -1 Press. -360-1? Herbst, -2 J.-1 (2015). -1 States-4 -1 and -2 Power -1 in -1 Africa: -2 Comparative -1 Lessons -1 in -1 Authority-2 -1 and -1 Control -2 Comparative -1 Lessons -1 in -1 Authority-2 -1 and -1 Control. Princeton-2 -1 University-2 -1 Press -360-1? Meredith, -2 M. -1 (2013). The-2 State-2 of -1 Africa: A -1 History-2 -1 of the-2 -1 Continent Since Independence. -1 Simon & -1 Schuster. -360-2? Moyo, D..-1 (2011). -1 Dead-4 -1 Aid:-3 Why-4 -1 Aid Is-2 -1 Not-5 -1 Working -1 and-2 -1 How-3 -1 There-2 Is -1 Another-6 Way-6 for -1 Africa. Penguin. -360-252-1? Rosling, H-3 -1 (2018). Factfulness. -2 Lindhardt-1 Og -1 Ringhof. -360-1? Singer, -1 P. -2 (1972).-1 "Famine, -1 Affluence, and -2 Morality" -1 Philosophy-2 -1 and -1 Public -1 Affairs -2 1,-1 no. -1 3: -2 229-43. -360-251-1? Online -1 resources: -360? AfDB-3 High-2 -1 Five's-2 for-1 Transforming -1 Africa-2 -1 <<https://www.afdb.org/en/the-high-5/>> -1? Global -1 Challenges -1 Foundation -1 (2016): https://api.globalch allenges.org/ <https://api.globalchallenges.org/static/reports/Global-Catastrophic-Risk-Annual-Report-2016.pdf> -1? Global -1 Oneness -1 Project.-3 -1 https://www.globalonenessproject.org <http://www.globalonenessproject.org/> -1? SDG Tracker <https://sdg-tracker.org/ <https://sdg-tracker.org/>>

Transferrable Skills

Written Communication Spoken Communication Persuasive Presentation and Storytelling Effective Collaboration Team Management Leveraging Feedback Autonomy Creativity/Imagination Curiosity Emotional Intelligence Empathy Opportunity Mindset Ethical Decision Making Persistence Time Management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 50.00
Independent Learning (FT) 114.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
CW1 Course Work 01 n/a 20.00 35% Wiki or Group Presentation (10 minutes)
CW2 Course Work 02 n/a 80.00 35% Final reflection essay (1800 words)