University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Global Citizenship and Sustainability

Course Code


Course Details

  • Level: 2
  • Credit Load: 10
  • School/s: School of the Environment, Education and Development


This unit adopts an intercultural approach to 'global citizen' and sustainability in an interconnected world. On the unit you will reflect on what constitutes an ethic of caring 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 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 and ambiguity; the capacity to view global challenges from multiple perspectives; 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.

This is a blended learning unit and is predominantly conducted through online activities with four onsite seminars in the twelve week period. The first half of the unit provides online content covering key concepts. 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.

Global Citizenship and Sustainability is one of the UCIL course units that form a component of the Manchester Global Challenge.

To watch a short video on this unit, click on this link:

Intercultural Communication/Becoming Global


Summary of Learning Outcomes

  • understanding of the interconnections, complexity and multileveled nature of global, sustainability related issues;
  • an understanding of 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 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;



An assignment consisting of:

  1. A written blog post on a key concept linked to global citizenship and sustainability (30%). To be completed by Week 6.
  2. A digital presentation through which you communicate your understandings and reflections on your chosen research project (70%).


This course is only open to undergraduate students.

University College course units are available to take on programmes which have 'free choice' options available to them, (i.e. programmes which allow you, as part of the degree programme, to take a number of credits from subject areas outside of your home school). As these courses are credit bearing, you must enrol by following the standard procedure for your school when adding units outside of your home school.

If you are not sure whether you will be able to enrol in University College courses, please contact your School Undergraduate Office to find out whether these options are available for your degree programme.


Susan Brown

Dr Richard Fay

Teaching and Learning Methods


1 - 12Thurs15:00 - 17:00

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