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Human Development

Start Date

16 January
9:30 am - 5:00 pm



This 5-day course runs from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday 16th to Friday 20th January. The course finishes at 1 PM on Friday.

Please note that this course is also a module in our MA in International Development programme. If you wish to attend this course for academic credit please contact applications@kimmagedsc.ie for further information on this option. The fees for this option, which will involve submitting assignments etc. for recognised academic credit, can be viewed here.

Module Aims

This module aims to develop participants’ awareness and critical analysis of psycho-social factors which impact on their own development and that of their own society.

Module Objectives

  • To explore human development from both a modern and an indigenous perspective.
  • To critically reflect on theories and concepts of human development and how they relate to students’ work as development practitioners.
  • To reflect on the relevance of interpersonal relationships and communication skills and how these impact on the empowerment of individuals.
  • To develop students’ own self-awareness and to develop skills to enhance their own empowerment and interpersonal skills.

Module Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will have an understanding of how people develop from an indigenous and a modern perspective and will be able to draw comparisons and critically reflect on the relevance and applicability of these perspectives to their work contexts.
  • Participants are expected to develop skills in relation to healthy interpersonal relationships & clear communication & to begin to apply these skills to their work situations.
  • Participants will have developed a greater self-awareness and to reflect on their own personal development.
  • Participants will have developed skills to empower themselves both in personal and development practitioner contexts.

Module Content

Human Development

  • What is human development?
  • Modern perspective
  • Indigenous perspective
  • Factors influencing personal development
  • Appreciative Enquiry

Relationship Building Skills

  • Listening attitudes
  • Listening skills
  • Helping skills


  • What is assertiveness?
  • Effective behaviour
  • Ineffective behaviours
  • Human Rights
  • Setting clear boundaries
  • Self empowerment
  • Interpersonal conflict management
  • Constructive criticism

Self Awareness

  • Self reflection
  • Centering exercises
  • Breathing exercises


Details of assessment and up to date reading lists for this module will be made available to learners following enrolment.
Please note that this description is subject to change.
If you have any queries please contact the Applications office at applications@kimmagedsc.ie.



Human Development

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