University College Dublin
Area of Study
Development Studies, Gender Studies, International Studies, Social Policy, Sociology
Taught In English
Course Level Recommendations
ISA offers course level recommendations in an effort to facilitate the determination of course levels by credential evaluators.We advice each institution to have their own credentials evaluator make the final decision regrading course levels.
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits2.5 - 3
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units3.75 - 4.5
Hours & Credits
OverviewThe objective of this module is to equip students with a clear understanding of and critical perspective on
global inequalities. We will cover a range of related topics, including trade, aid, debt, militarism,
colonialism and post-colonialism, gender relations, migration, globalization, capitalism, racism and justice.
The module will encourage and enable students to analyse inequalities across the economic, political, social
and cultural spheres of global society, and to think critically about relations of power at a global level.
The module will also explore the role of different groups and institutions in creating or challenging systems
of global inequality, including the International Financial Institutions, the United Nations, the G8,
transnational corporations, the media, development agencies, NGOs, and social activists. In addition, we will
explore the ways in which development and global justice issues are represented within a European context.
Students will be encouraged to reflect upon their own role within global social systems, as global citizens
and future professionals. Ways of potentially creating a more sustainable and egalitarian world will be
We encourage you to search for other School of Social Justice (SSJ) modules which include
options relating to Equality Studies and Women's Studies. Graduates who have completed at least 15 credits of
undergraduate electives offered by the School of Social Justice will have this noted on their UCD transcripts
as the completion of Structured Electives in Social Justice.
Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
Credits earned vary according to the policies of the students' home institutions. According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, students must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by their home institutions, for the duration of the program.
ECTS (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits are converted to semester credits/quarter units differently among U.S. universities. Students should confirm the conversion scale used at their home university when determining credit transfer.
Please reference fall and spring course lists as not all courses are taught during both semesters.
Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.