Introduction to Human Development

Are you too busy to be a full-time student for 10 weeks while looking, at the same time, to increase your understanding of the state of art in Human Development? If yes, we have the solution. Enroll in our online course Introduction to Human Development and you will have a quick, yet a rigorous access to the core readings in the field of Human Development.

This course will examine topic of Human Development from viewpoint of the Human Development and Capability Approach.  It starts off with the human development paradigm and the notion that human development should be about expanding the prosperity of human life, rather than simply the wealth of the economy in which people live; which can be achieved through creating fair opportunities and choices for all people. This is an alternative approach to a single focus on economic growth, with more emphasis on social justice, as a way of understanding progress. The aim of the course is to review theoretical and conceptual issues, open a discussion on freedom, capabilities/capability approach and justice and enable you to measure multidimensional poverty and understand human development. Existing linkages between the two broad concepts of human development and sustainability of Human development are explored.  Through a practical discussion of the MDGs and SDGs, both topics will be scrutinized and examined.

Prerequisites: A Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent). Candidates with any educational background are welcome to enroll.

ECTS (credits obtained): Participants may receive 1,5 ECTS upon the successful completion of the assignments and an exam.

Costs: Participants may opt for one of the three choices of cost-enrolment.

  • 250 euro: Basic course enrolment (no assignment with feedback, no course certificate, no ECTS credits)
  • 500 euro: Certified course enrolment (assignment with feedback, course certificate with pass/fail, no ECTS credits)
  • 600 euro: Accredited course enrolment (final assignment, course certificate, oral exam and if successful, 1,5 ECTS credits)

Courses are developed based on open educational resources. Course materials can be obtained by the participant him/herself, or will be shared on the electronic learning environment.

Starting the course: Upon a successful enrollment, every participant will start the course on an individual basis, immediately after the acquisition of the course materials.

This course only becomes available as of 1 October 2016.

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