Software Engineering (3 Years) [BSc]

Global Citizenship and Sustainability

Unit code: UCIL22501
Credit Rating: 10
Unit level: Level 2
Teaching period(s): Semester 1
Offered by University College for Interdisciplinary Learning
Available as a free choice unit?: Y




The unit aims to:

1. contribute towards the development of students’ intercultural awareness as a key constituent of global citizenship;

2. develop students' habits of, and skills in, critically and reflexively approaching key global issues from multiple perspectives (i.e.: intellectual empathy);

3. develop students’ digital literacies both as readers of and contributors to the digital discourses that increasingly shape perspectives on global issues.



We live in an increasingly interconnected world faced with global challenges ‘daunting in their depth and complexity’ (Daisaku Ikeda). It is a world where qualities associated with global citizenship e.g.: open-mindedness, the capacity to analyse issues from multiple perspectives and to communicate across boundaries will be increasingly valued, professionally and otherwise.  Becoming Global helps you develop these qualities. You will be challenged to think about issues from multiple perspectives, recognising your personal biases and being inquisitive about the perspectives of others around the globe. You will analyse the discourse in these perspectives and its power to shape understandings of global challenges.  Drawing on a diverse range of case studies by people passionate about various global issues (the digital divide, climate change, cultural heritage) you will engage in a project on a key issue of your choice which will develop your research skills and your ability to communicate with others on complex global issues.  With relevant technological and skills support you will create a digital presentation relating to your research which will be available to a world-wide audience, thereby contributing to understandings of global challenges and how to respond to these. 

This unit forms part of the Manchester Global Award.

Assessment methods

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

Assessment Further Information

An exhibition piece through which you communicate your understandings and reflections on your chosen research project using any means you wish, within reason, e.g.: digital media, artefacts, poetry, experiments to engage the public. You will create collaboratively in small groups. (70%).

Study hours

  • Independent study hours - 0 hours

Teaching staff

Richard Fay - Unit coordinator

Susan Brown - Unit coordinator

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