Course: Digital Badge

Praxis Global Citizenship and Development Education (Third Level Staff) Award


This digital badge is run by The Praxis Project which is housed at The Centre for Global Development, UCC

Lecturer/Academic Coordinator:  Dr. Gertrude Cotter

Email:  gertrude.cotter@ucc.ie

You can register at this link:  

https://ucc.instructure.com/enroll/PGBPL3

Starting Date: Begins Monday 8th November.

The first session is ‘face-to-face’ at ORB_244 (O’Rahilly Building 212)

Duration:  six weeks.  There will be 2 x 3 hour workshops on campus and 3 online session.  Participants are also asked to meet with the lecturer for a one hour session during the six weeks.

Venue for two workshops:  ORB_244 (O’Rahilly Building 212)

Time:  Workshops 6-9 PM

Online sessions:  5.30-6.30 on Monday nights

Who can apply? 

Priority is given to all UCC Staff from all disciplines and from all departments.  All staff, academic, administrative, technical, maintenance, lecturers, researchers are welcome to apply.  Part-time and Full-time staff may apply.

Staff from other third level institutions may apply.  A fee of €200 applies to non-UCC staff.

Maximum number of participants per year:  16

This badge will introduce participants to the theory, themes, values, methodologies and practice of Critical Global Citizenship and Development Education (DGCE). It will facilitate them to contextualise this learning within their disciplines, pedagogy, research or other third level work and support them to develop cross-disciplinary collaboration and civic engagement skills, with a view to taking informed, collective action towards a just society.

Rationale

All education sectors have a responsibility to respond to global challenges.  Research shows that there is insufficient provision of GCDE in third level education, which is why the Praxis Project is funded by Irish Aid. SDG 4.7 aims to ensure all learners acquire knowledge/skills needed to promote global citizenship.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcome 1 – Learners will demonstrate an understanding of key GCDE themes, skills, values, methodologies and ideas of active civic engagement for social change.

Learning Outcome 2 – Learners will demonstrate that they can apply critical GCDE theory and practice to their work (e.g. to pedagogy, policy development, practice, projects and research).

Learning Outcome 3 – Show an ability to take critically informed, responsible action on a social, cultural, environmental, economic or political challenge, injustice or inequality through engaged citizenship and illustrate that they can support or encourage their students or other third level stakeholders to do the same.

Learning Outcome 4 – Demonstrate ability to use a set of analytical, reflective, creative and digital competencies aimed at positive social change.

Participants will also:

  1. Show awareness of multiple perspectives, anti-racist and cross-cultural awareness in engaging with social justice, development and human rights issues.
  2. While not compulsory, there will be a focus on cross-disciplinary approaches to this work and those who wish to, can take a collaborative approach to pedagogy or problem solving.
  3. Provide evidence of ability to make critical connections between personal, local, global and planetary justice issues.

Badge Content and Learner Activities

Learners will attend two x three hour workshops and 6 x 1 hour online discussion groups on GCDE

The two workshops will be classroom-based unless a participant has a specific reason why they cannot attend in person (we will endeavour to ensure you can join us online).

Learners will meet twice with the academic coordinator/lecturer on a one-to-one basis for a total of two hours for deep discussion on engagement and progress.

Learners will contribute a further 16 hours through self-directed learning and/or collaboration through one or more of the following activities:

  1. Write a case study for an academic report which will be published by Praxis on an annual basis and contribute, along with colleagues, to the writing of an annual academic article for publication in a peer reviewed journal;
  2. Develop a DGCE resource related to their discipline or work area, for the praxisucc.ie website;
  3. Collaborate with other participants to explore and find solutions to a specific societal challenge from a multi-disciplinary perspective (this may or may not be in collaboration with an external stakeholder such as Irish Aid, an NGO or other civic society organisation);
  4. Contribute to the development of an online course on GCDE aimed at third level students and staff.

Delivery Method

Please note that this is a very experiential approach to learning and is not a series of lectures.  Commitment to one another is an important aspect of GCDE and learning happens through dialogue, creativity, peer learning and participatory learning activities.

Assessment will be as follows:

(1) attendance at 2 workshops (unless attendance is not possible ‘in-person’) and 4 out of 6 online sessions;

(2) 2 x one-hour meetings with lecturer;

(3) in agreement with course coordinator, completion of one or more of the following:

  1. Write a case study for an academic report which will be published by Praxis on an annual basis and contribute, along with colleagues, to the writing of an annual academic article for publication in a peer reviewed journal;
  2. Develop a DGCE resource related to their discipline or work area, for the praxisucc.ie website;
  3. Collaborate with other participants to explore and find solutions to a specific societal challenge from a multi-disciplinary perspective (this may or may not be in collaboration with an external stakeholder such as Irish Aid, an NGO or other civic society organisation);
  4. Contribute to the development of an online course on GCDE aimed at third level
  5. students and staff.

Timeframe:  Class begins on 8th November 2021 for six weeks.

Venue:  ORB_212 (O’Rahilly Building 212)

Research Project

This digital badge also forms part of a flagship research project on the integration of GCDE into third level education in Ireland.  You will be given the option of participating in the research but do not have to participate if you do not wish to do so.