Course: UW0012

University Wide Module UW0012 Global Citizenship and Development Education (GCDE)

The Praxis Project runs a university wide 12 week course in Semester 2 each year, which is open for free to all current students and staff at UCC.   The course is also open to the general public with a fee of €100.   This fee may be reduced for people who are unemployed or who have special needs.  To enquire about the fee waiver please contact Ms. Jacqui Churcher at the the Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CPD), UCC:   or  Proof of unemployment status is required.

Due to an overwhelming interest in this course the course starting on 19th January 2022 is now full for UCC students although there are still a small number of places available for staff and general public (if these are not filled they will be offered to students on the waiting list).  There is a waiting list for next year’s course.  If you have already applied and not secured a place for 2022, you will be put on a waiting list and offered a place on next year’s course.  If you  have not already applied, the course will be advertised again on 1st November 2022 for commencement in January 2023.  See registration details below.

On this webpage you will find the following information:

Module Content

Who can apply?

How to apply?

Practical details relating to January 2022 Course (venue, times, assessment, etc.)


Course accreditation status

Indicative course overview for 2022

Module Content

Students explore the theory and practice of DGCE using theoretically-informed, action-based learning. The module critically explores themes of global wealth/poverty, human rights, social justice, sustainable development, geopolitics, aid, financial justice, power, social movements, women, indigenous and refugee rights, local and global governnance and intercultural communications. Students also develop skills and tools to empower them to take action for social change. These include critical thinking, critical media analysis, group building and facilitation skills, planning and evaluation tools, campaigning tools, approaches to informed advocacy and policy change, creative arts, radio, multimedia storytelling, digital tools for communication, collaboration and creativity.

More detailed information about this course can be found on the UCC Book of Modules:

An indicative course outline for the January 2022 course can be found at the bottom of this webpage.  Note that the workshop themes and approaches change each year.

Information on last year’s students’ projects can be found here:

Who can apply?

(1)  Currently registered UCC students from all disciplines and levels, can apply for this course.  The only exception to this is First Year students.  UCC has a general policy which states that first year students may not apply for university wide modules.  UCC’s policies on UW modules is here:

If you are on an Erasmus scheme (or similar) and are out of the country, it is not advisable that you apply since the course revolves around an experiential, workshop and project approach which will require attendance in person at several classes.

(2) All UCC staff, part time or full time, may apply.

How to apply?

There are two entry routes, one for currently registered UCC students and another for UCC staff and general public.  Please note that the January 2022 course is now full for UCC students and there is a long waiting list.  The information below relates to the application process for the 2023 course.  There are still a very small number of places available for staff and general public, and if they are not filled they will be offered to students on the waiting list.

NOTE:  The application process for the 2023 course will open again on 1st November 2022.  Students who applied in 2022 and are on a waiting list will be offered places first.  

Currently registered UCC students (2022 course is now full)

If you are a UCC student you can register for the course by contacting the Student Records and Exams Office at UCC:

New applications will not be accepted before 1st November 2023.

UCC Staff and General Public (some places still available for 2022)

A small number of places are ring-fenced for UCC staff and the general public.  If you are in this category and wish to apply for this course you should contact the Centre for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) at UCC:   or  

You can apply to the CPD at any time.

There are still places available for the 2022 course for staff and the general public.  If these are not filled they will be allocated to students on the waiting list.

For staff and general public this course is administered through the CPD and is entitled:

CPD1758 Global Citizenship and Development Education (GCDE) Praxis UCC Award

It is exactly the same course, but has a different registration process.  See:

Practical Details relating to January 2022 Course

Starting date for next course:  the next course begins on Wednesday 19th January at 6-8 PM.  You will find a full schedule at the bottom of this webpage.

Venue: Electrical Engineering Building UCC Elect L2  and online

It is difficult to be entirely certain given the fluctuating situation with Covid-19 but if possible at some classes will be in person.  There will hopefully be more clarity as we begin the course in January 2022.

The first session, if Covid restrictions allow, will be face-to-face at UCC Elect L2.  

Please keep an eye on this section of the website for further updates.
If you are already registered and on Canvas you will also find updated information there under ‘announcements’.

You cannot audit this course.  The assessment details are as follows:

Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (to include 5 x 500 word e-portfolios (20 marks each). There will be a number of deadlines throughout the semester for the varying assessment pieces of the e-portfolio to be completed).

Participation:  please note that you cannot ‘drop in’. to a lecture here and there and should this be your expectation you should consider offering a place to someone on the waiting list.  While normal difficulties are understandable (e.g. illness, unexpected emergencies etc), you should be aware that participation is important and that the commitment to our Praxis group is important.  Like any quality course at UCC, this is not a ‘packaged’ course but one which offers authentic, meaningful learning.  Should you wish to attend a quick course with an overview of global issues there are many free online options which you could explore.


Please note that this is not a lecture orientated course, although there will be some lectures.  It is experiential and participatory.  You cannot ‘drop in’. to a lecture here and there and should this be your expectation you should consider offering a place to someone on the waiting list.  We work with NGO and other partners and this requires considerable preparation in advance of the course.  It involves several preparatory meetings between UCC staff and outside partners.   With our partners we run workshops and students participate in group projects.  Students’ work is showcased on the Praxis website.

Course Accreditation Status

For UCC students taking the UW0012 route, the course has a 5 credit weighting. The module will appear on students’ final academic transcripts as a ‘extra’ module.  It is a ‘stand-alone’ course and not part of your degree.  We are happy too to provide you with a certificate of participation should you require one.

Staff and wider community are awarded a CPD Certificate called the Global Citizenship and Development Education (Praxis UCC) Award

Indicative Course Overview for 2022

Indicative 2022 Schedule – there may be some changes to this schedule but this is an indication of the projects we will work on this year.  Updates will be available on Canvas for registered students.

Dates Week No.
19/01/2022 24 Introduction to course and to GCDE Colonialism
26/01/2022 25 Post colonialism Active citizenship
02/02/2022 26 Approaches to Global Citizenship Human Rights/Accountability
09/02/2022 27 Project Theme 1: Neoliberalism/SDGs Project Theme 2: Child Labour
16/02/2022 28 Project Theme 3: Food security Project Theme 4: Palestine
23/02/2022 29 Anti-racism workshop As part of refugee week
02/03/2022 30 Workshop 1 Neoliberalism/SDGs / Radio or Workshop 2 Child Labour/Advocacy
09/03/2022 31 Workshop 3 Food security/Drama or Workshop 4: Palestine/Campaigning
23/03/2022 33 Continuation of workshop 1 or Continuation of workshop2
30/03/2022 34 Continuation of workshop 3 or Continuation of workshop 4
06/04/2022 35 Evaluation and Conclusion Evaluation and Conclusion
15th May Final Assignment Due Date Strict Deadline