Development Education e-Learning platform

This e-Learning platform was build as part of the project Raising Awareness on Development Cooperation (RADC). The primary outcome of the RADC project was an introductory curriculum developed based on the principles of development education, which is accessible through this platform. The curriculum consists of 8 modules, with 4 ECTS credits per module. These modules were designed for universities, NGOs, and other organisations that offer formal and informal education and wish to incorporate them (or parts of them) in their courses. For further information please contact us at

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    Available courses

    This module will give an overview of climate change and its impact on the planet. A connection will be made between human activity and its impact on the environment. Specific examples will be presented and discussed. Case studies from the participant countries will be integrated in the module to illustrate in a contextualized manner the main ideas of the module. Current trends in climate change, factors leading to climate change, gender issues, and proposed solutions will be discussed in detail. A critical review of EU policies and other international organizations will be evaluated Particular focus will be placed on environmental education and awareness within the NMS.
    The focus of this module will be to develop critical awareness around the MDG 2, which is EFA. A detailed presentation of all issues around EFA will be presented including the factors that constrain the achievement of EFA, gender issues relevant to EFA, the current actions by the international community and international organizations to achieve EFA, the discrepancy in achieving EFA in different countries, the gender divide evident in some countries, and current trends and progress in the area. The role of EU CSOs in achieving EFA will also be discussed. Concrete case studies from Europe - both OMS and NMS - as well as from the Global South will be used to illustrate the main ideas of the module.

    This module gives an overview of fair trade and its development – including the state of development of fair trade in new members states - and introduces participants to the 10 standards of fair trade. The role the free market plays in the lives of citizens will be critically analysed, as well as its relation to fair trade. A number of case studies are explored, with an emphasis on people-to-people partnerships, and the array of organizations at the forefront of developments in fair trade. Case studies on Fair Trade retailers at the forefront of consumer education will also be included. The module includes an analysis of Fair trade within the broader context of the international trading system and look at the diversity of fair trade, and the complexities and controversies that reveal the vibrancy of the movement.
    Civic engagement and global citizenship means that people will realize they are citizens of the world and that they have responsibilities both to each other and to the world (UNDP, 2002). Global Citizenship and civic engagement is a way of thinking and behaving to tackle injustice and inequality and to collaboratively work for a better global future. The proposed module will help teachers to apply cross-curricular approaches in school practices for fostering Students’ Civic Engagement for progress on MDGs. It will also help teachers design cross-curricula activities so that young people could learn to recognize their role and responsibilities as active members of the global society in the sense of engagement for social and economic justice for all and the protection and restoration of the earth’s ecosystem. It will also aid teachers in designing learning activities that will allow students to connect course material to personal experiences, while developing presentation skills while discussing their findings with classmates.

    United Nations formulated the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as arguably the most daring as well as an all-encompassing political initiative/project in the field of development cooperation in the world. This module aims to offer a critical overview of the Millennium Development Goals formulated by the United Nations and then detail Goal number 8: Develop a Global Partnership for Development. MDG8 links development with different pillars of the world economic system such as the trade system, the financial architecture as well as the technological infrastructure. Ultimately, the purpose of this module is to put the analysis of the MDG 8 on scientific grounds, addressing both the compatibility of the Millennium Development Goals and actions with economic and political rationales, and the need for political and public support of the MDGs ambitious initiative.

    HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Other Diseases continue to expand in numbers and reach, especially indeveloping countries. As a consequence, the centrality of prevention and mitigation through education is being recognized in countries and among agencies. Educational interventions across a range of settings should provide the knowledge and encourage the development of attitudes and skills that can limit the spread and impact of the epidemic.

    There are two main goals of the present course module, which is comprised of various Learning Objects: i) To prevent new infections from taking place, ii) To reduce stigma and discrimination. The ultimate aim of this course module is to contribute in preventing the spread of HIV, and, other transmitted diseases. Given the huge numbers of deaths that might still be prevented, the importance of effective education cannot be overestimated.
    Poverty is one of the fundamental challenges for the sustainable and harmonious development of the world. More than 1 billion people live on one euro a day or less. Such a phenomenon has to be dealt with for at least two reasons. First, it is critically important to address major challenges in the developing countries, such as food security, gender issues, environmental problems, or civil unrest and abuses against human rights, all of them representing potential consequences of extreme poverty. Second, poverty exists in the developed world too, and it is commonly associated with politically sensitive issues left unsolved, such as undocumented immigration or racism. Within this context, this module explores the contemporary phenomenon of poverty across the world, as well as the most important inter- and trans-national policies and initiatives focused on its reduction.