Computer Systems Engineering (3 Years) [BEng]

Global Citizenship and Sustainability

Unit code: UCIL22501
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by School of Education
Available as a free choice unit?: Y




This unit adopts an intercultural approach to 'global citizenship' and sustainability in an interconnected world. On the unit you will reflect on what constitutes an ethic of care for a world in which our lives are inextricably linked to the lives of people across the globe, to nature which sustains us and ultimately to future generations. You will work to understand complex global challenges, and how those challenges are evidenced at a localised level.




You will critically reflect on varied perspectives on global challenges, your own and that of others, and how such perspectives are reflected in textual (written and pictorial) sources and in action. 

You will work with knowledge from your own disciplinary fields and knowledge from the fields of fellow students in other disciplinary fields with a view to gaining deeper interdisciplinary and cultural understandings of complex global challenges and how we can respond to these challenges.


Teaching and learning methods

  • ·      4 x 2 Hour seminars
  • ·      6 x 2 Hours online discussion  activities
  • ·      5 x 30 Minute small group tutorials
  • ·      10 Hours Reading
  • ·      57.5 Hours Independent Research for Parts 1 & 2 of the Assignment
  • ·      20 Hours for Creation of Digital Presentation

Learning outcomes

The students will be able to:

Understand the interconnections, complexity and multileveled nature of global, sustainability related issues;

Understand frameworks used to account for interconnections and complexities;

Collect, collate, compare and synthesise perspectives on key global issues;

Identify perspectives and positioning absent from any representation of a key sustainability issue and consider potential reasons for this absence

Critically and sensitively reflect on the perspectives of the perspectives of those in different parts of the World and in different cultural contexts;

Analyse ways in which key global issues as related to sustainability are communicated out through relevant organisations and discussed in main stream and social media.

Design a small-scale exploratory research project on a selected global issue;

Create and organise an exhibition presenting learning from the project and aiming at informing and inspiring viewers;

Approach issues from multiple perspectives enabling the generation of inter-connected thinking vis-a-vis key issues;

Approach issues through an intercultural lens;

Work collaboratively, reflectively, reflexively and supportively with others placing value on the support given to and by others


Knowledge and understanding

Through (online) group work and your own enquiry based project you will develop qualities associated with global citizenship and intercultural awareness, qualities increasingly valued, professionally and otherwise. These will include:

·       Sensitivity to cultural difference;

·       The capacity to recognise your own biases and to be inquisitive about the perspectives of others;

·       The capacity to engage with uncertainty, complexity and  ambiguity;

·       The capacity to view global challenges from multiple perspectives;

·       The capacity to critically engage with sources discerning between green rhetoric and

·       The capacity to think relationally and for the long term;

·       The capacity to identify ways in which your choices and actions have consequences for people and the                                environment across the globe;

·       The capacity to communicate effectively across boundaries


Assessment methods

  • Other - 70%
  • Written assignment (inc essay) - 30%

Assessment Further Information

Part 1: A written appraisal of a corporate social responsibility policy/statement on an aspect of global citizenship and sustainability (Group and individual writing process): 300 to 350 words  (30 %)

Part 2: Digital presentation (Individual). Presentation should be no longer than 10 minutes and should be created for an online audience  (70%)



This is a blended learning, enquiry based learning unit and is predominantly conducted through online activities-to which you will be expected to contribute - with four onsite seminars and supporting tutorials in the twelve week period.

The first half of the unit provides online content and related on-line activities covering key concepts, including the notion of global citizenship, understandings of sustainability as linked to global citizenship, intercultural communication and systems thinking. We look particularly at moments where the world view of humans has changed and at the shifts in our own world view needed to live sustainably on Earth. We discuss these focal areas via online activities over the first five weeks. These activities lead into Part 1 of the assessment.

In the second part of the unit you undertake a project exploring a key global issue relating to sustainability and the interconnections and complexities inherent in that issue. The course unit culminates in the creation of a digital presentation where you convey your understandings of your chosen issue and aim to inspire others to develop their own ethic of caring for the World.


Feedback methods

Part 1: Formative written feedback given in an online wiki area during the writing and editing  stages leading to the completion of the final text. Peer and tutor feedback in tutorials.

Part 2: Peer and tutor feedback in small group tutorials


Study hours

  • Demonstration - 20 hours
  • Seminars - 8 hours
  • Tutorials - 2.5 hours
  • Work based learning - 12 hours
  • Independent study hours - 57.5 hours

Teaching staff

Susan Brown - Unit coordinator

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