Analyze the international consensus on development.

Sustainable Development Goals Responses

Can you imagine if at any point in the history of the world – all the emperors, kings and queens, chiefs, all the leaders from everywhere – came together and all agreed to end poverty?

seems hard to fathom? Believe it or not, that is what has been happening for the last two decades in what is known as the Global Goals. This module we will learn about the world’s to-do list: the Global Goals.

By the end of this module, you will be able to: 4.1: Analyze the international consensus on development. 4.2: Describe the role of social work in development.

In this module, you have: 1 PowerPoint presentation to enjoy, 2 videos to watch, 2 articles to read, and 4 websites about the Global Goals to explore (and then 5 more websites to build your country Profile to explore)

First, enjoy with my PowerPoint presentation will include mp3:

Second, watch the following videos for more of an overview of the SDGs. This one is a catchy song that lists all 17 goals (2:47 minutes):

This is a good introduction to the SDGs (3:32 minutes):

Third, read these two articles that discuss the MDGs and SDGs as it relates to social work and social welfare issues.

Start with this one by Lynne Healy who is a major scholar in the field of global social work and a professor at the University of Connecticut. In this article she does a nice job of explaining the process behind the SDGs and offers an important critique of the SDGs from a social work perspective.

Healy, L. (2017). Situating social work within the post-2015 Global Agenda (Links to an external site.). European Journal of Social Work, 20(1), 5-16.

The second article is by Shanta Pandey, another well-known scholar in the field and a professor at Boston College. Her article also examines the MDGs and the SDGs from a gender perspective.

Pandey, S. (2017). The road from Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals by 2030: Social work’s role in empowering women and girls (Links to an external site.). Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(2), 125-132.

Fourth, explore these websites to learn more about the MDGs and the SDGs.

UN Millennium Development Goals and Beyond 2015 (Links to an external site.)

This site has information about the original Global Goals, the MDGs, and you can find out what progress was made on each of the goals.

UN Sustainable Development Goals (Links to an external site.)

This site has information and resources to learn more about each of the SDGs.

Measuring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (Links to an external site.)

On this site you can click on each goal and scroll down to see our progress so far

The Lazy Person’s Guide to Saving the World (Links to an external site.)

This site lists ideas and strategies that each person can take to achieve the SDGs from their couch, home, community, and at work.

Finally, Since I am listing websites, you should check these websites to explore your specific country’s social indicators:

Global Health Observatory data on countries (Links to an external site.)

Corruption Perceptions Index (Links to an external site.)

Social Progress Index (Links to an external site.)

Human rights country reports from Amnesty International (Links to an external site.)

You can also search the Human Rights Watch website (Links to an external site.) for your country

Note. These readings, websites, and videos support learning objectives 4.1 and 4.2

Reflect on this module’s readings and lecture videos.

Respond to the following discussion prompts in a post of at least 650 words:

  • Which of the Sustainable Development Goals do you think is most important, and why? Pick one, and identify which of its targets you think is important.
  • What do you think about the Sustainable Development Goals overall? Are they achievable? Why or why not? What strategies are needed to implement them?

This discussion requires two posts, an initial post and two response post. Later in the day will need to respond to two other posting. 100 words each so a total of 200 in responses to two other students. Total of 650- 750 words in discussion post, reference not included in the word counting. I will upload the required pdfs

Self-Reflective Journal – social indicators related to other aspects of social welfare

The purpose of this assignment is to take the next step in building your Profile of Social Welfare in your chosen country. In your last Journal entry, you reported your research on your country’s social indicators related to the economy (such as size of the economy- GDP; average wealth of people- GDP per capita; level of inequality- GINI coefficient; poverty rate, unemployment rate). In this assignment you will continue your research into your country’s social indicators of other aspects of social welfare.

Through this assessment, you will analyze the international consensus on development (objective 4.1).

Write a self-reflection that addresses the following prompts:

450-500 words total for the journal

Grading rubric for self-review

Amount of information

-All assignment prompts are addressed with additional relevant information added.

Quality of Information

-All of the evidence and examples are specific, relevant and explanations are given that show how each piece of evidence supports the author’s position


-Author makes no errors in grammar or spelling that distract the reader from the content.


Subject:  Masters Social Science


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