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Global Trends and Sustainability


Credits: 4 ECTS

Second semester

Compulsory courses




Global Trends and Sustainability (GTS) pays specific attention to how globalization has led to dramatic transformations and intensified uneven development across the Global South, in both low and medium income countries. It examines the governance of global development and whether it is fit for purpose and the debate around global development targets, before exploring a series of trends in global development, including urbanisation, the impact of climate change on livelihoods, migration, water and food, the exploitation of natural resources and global health, with a particular emphasis on how forms of inequality and the challenges of sustainability intersect and reinforce each other. We also evaluate the distinctive ways in which globalization and uneven development have shaped the lives of women and children in the global South.


  • A blog post (800-1000 words, 30% of total mark)
  • An essay (approximately 3000 words, 60% of the total mark)
  • Participation in classes (10% of final mark)

Competences, learning outcomes and teaching activities (PDF)