Introduction

This module explores the basic shape of our world today: it highlights a range of key issues and challenges, how we see them and how others see them; it also explores a number of key debates around these issues. The module is designed to initiate debate and discussion about the issues – it is not exhaustive but is rather designed to stimulate enquiry and debate. The module will be expanded to include a range of additional information and topics over time.


THE CONTENTS OF THIS MODULE INCLUDES:

  • Section 1
  • Section 2: The World Today
  • Section 3: some ‘big issues’ explored:
    • Debating population
      • Population and sustainability
      • Population growth and women’s rights
    • Debating world hunger
      • What does it mean to be hungry?
      • Who are the hungry?
      • Where are the hungry?
      • Some causes of hunger
      • What can be done?
    • Water and sanitation
      • Water and sanitation: quick facts
      • The big water debate: to privatise or not to privatise?
      • Case study: Bolivia
    • Shelter
      • The right to housing: a basic human right
      • Expanding urban growth
      • Some key issues explored
      • Case study: Bangladesh
      • Urbanisation and climate change
    • Health and development
      • Maternal health
      • Child health
      • Global health trends
      • HIV and AIDS
      • Malaria
      • Tuberculosis
      • Obesity
    • Literacy
      • The benefits of literacy
      • The achievements so far
      • But, we’re not there yet
      • What can be done?
    • Climate justice and climate change
      • Climate disaster for the Developing World
      • Climate justice
    • Wealth and poverty
      • Worldwide
      • In Ireland
      • What is poverty in Ireland?
      • Why is there poverty in Ireland?
      • Global poverty
      • The Multi-dimensional Poverty Index
      • Wealth facts
      • Child poverty
  • Section 4: Debating Inequality
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