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Human Development

Start Date

29 January
9:30 am - 5:00 pm



This 5-day module runs from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM on Monday 29 January to Friday 2 February. The module finishes at 1 PM on Friday.

Note: This is a module on our MA in International Development programme. It can be taken as part of the Master’s programme or as a single module. Single Modules are ideal for learners who wish to update professional knowledge, enhance their career, or sample the MA/PG Dip programme. This option involves submitting assignments etc. for recognised academic credit (see fees for Single Modules). Please contact our Registrar for information on attending this module for academic credit.

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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