What is an Online DSG2021 Course about?

The Online Winter School on Development, Sustainability and Globalization (Online DSG2021) is a 5-day digital learning experience designed for students of different backgrounds (international relations, developmental and environmental studies, life sciences), who wish to get a multidisciplinary perspective on development in a globally interdependent world and to gain the knowledge that will enable you to become a future pioneer of socially and environmentally sustainable development. During this Online Course students will get a 360-degree overview of the Winter School’s DSG2021 program while getting acquainted with international faculty of academics and their teaching methods as well as exchanging the ideas with the students from all over the world and expanding the professional network.

What’s the aim of the Online DSG2021 Course?

It aims to enrich the discussion on the new tasks for global development. The program is conceptualized within a broad framework, as the study of development challenges cannot discern, for instance, the debate on food production and consumption in both developed and developing countries from the debate on the environmental impact of development or existing institutional arrangements based on political negotiations and multilateral cooperation. The program will provide students with a deeper understanding of development challenges by addressing political, economic, technological and environmental aspects related to development cooperation.

Who can attend the course?

The Online DSG2021 Course is designed for undergraduate, graduate students, recent graduates and young professionals who wish to deepen and broaden their knowledge in such fields as life sciences, developmental and environmental studies, international relations.

When the Online DSG2021 Course is scheduled?

The Online DSG2021 Course will be held from January 18th (Monday) to January 22nd (Friday), 2021. The Final Schedule of the Online DSG2021 Course and the access to the Online Learning platform will be provided to all registered and confirmed students via email.

How much time should I expect to spend working on the Online Course each day?

You should expect spending from 2 to 5 hours per day working on the DSG2021 Online Course, Lectures, Live Sessions and Group Projects included. Every day, you have three pre-recorded online lectures to watch at your convenient time and to join your classmates and Course professors on Live Sessions for discussions.

What’s the Online Course fee?

The program fee for EarlyBird applications: 300 EUR
The program fee for students who submit their applications after December 15th, 2020: 350 EUR

The individual deadlines for the receipt of payment will be stated in the official letter of acceptance. Payment plans can be arranged. The final deadline for receiving payments is January 15th, 2021.

However, being one of the most popular PSS programs Summer School on Development, Sustainability and Globalization has been quite numerous in the last years. To keep the quality of the course high, the number of spots in the DSG2021 Online Course (Winter Session)is limited. Students should submit the registration form as soon as possible, as acceptance to the course will be made on a rolling basis.

What can I expect from this Online Course?

Due to flexibility, the PWS2021 Online Course provides many students to enjoy being involved in new learning experiences with the opportunity to connect from anywhere and at the same time not to be stressed or overscheduled. During this Online Course each participant will:

  • get acquainted with the PWS2020 Team and fellow students from all over the world;
  • get involved into discussions with academics from Ireland, the Netherlands and US Universities;
  • get a multidisciplinary perspective on development in a globally interdependent world;
  • exchange ideas, questions and knowledge working along with others in groups;
  • expand professional network and develop beneficial partnerships;
  • be able to watch the course offline by getting the exclusive access to the recorded modules.

How can I apply for the DSG2020 Online Course?

You can apply simply by filling in our usual Online Application Form HERE:
We will get in touch with every applicant individually regarding the status of the application.

What’s the Deadline for the Applications?

The Deadline for applications is January 11th, 2021. Please be aware that the last-minute applications won’t be considered due to organizational reasons.

Course Curriculum

This Online Course will fully introduce the scope of Winter School on Crime, Law and Psychology with a particular focus on diverse topics chosen by the leading lecturers. Here you can access the DSG2021 Program Syllabus HERE.

DSG2020 Faculty

Killian Stokes

UCD School of Business, Ireland

Killian Stokes is an award-winning social entrepreneur with 20+ years experience in fundraising, business development and communications within the tech and not for profit worlds. He has worked across Europe, America, Africa and Asia for a broad range of organisations – from tech start ups to international aid agencies – and has networked and engaged globally at senior management, founder and CEO level.
Killian has a passion, energy and curiosity for harnessing the power of business and innovation to end global poverty and tackle climate change.
Killian lectures part time on Business and Development at the Quinn School of Business in UCD.
Killian holds a Bachelors in business and economics from Trinity College Dublin and a Masters in International Relations from Dublin City University. Killian is the cofounder of MyGoodPoints.org (2009) and MoyeeCoffeeIreland (2016) and currently lectures on Business and Global Development at the Quinn School of Business at University College Dublin.

David Nyaluke,

University College Dublin, Ireland

Since August 2017 David Nyaluke has joined University College Dublin,
as a UCD Proudly Made in Africa Teaching and Research Fellow in Business and Development. David holds a PhD from Dublin City University (DCU). His doctoral thesis investigated trajectories of political and development transformation of African states from independence into the 21st Century. David was a teaching fellow for International Development at Kimmage Development Studies Centre and Maynooth University, focusing on the role of business, NGOs and state in development and on Africa and the international system. During this time, he was also a fellow at the Institute of Conflict Resolution and Reconstruction and taught at the Centre of Business, Society and Sustainability at Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin City University, and the Open University of Ireland on the topics of African society and doing business in Africa. With a research focus on development in African states, he has presented at several conferences, including a 2014 special symposium to mark 20 years of South Africa’s end of apartheid and return to democracy. David is also published in many journals and contributes regular reviews on African political and development issues.

Lisa Trogisch

Researcher and PhD Candidate, Wageningen University, Netherlands

Lisa is a PhD student at Wageningen University and Research Centre in the Netherlands, one of the leading universities on life sciences and environmental sustainability worldwide. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations with focus on Sub-Sahara Africa from Ludwig-Maximilians-Univeristät, Germany, and University of New South Wales Sydney, Australia. In September 2015 she finished her MSc Political Economy of Violence, Conflict and Development at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. For her Master thesis “A human-gorilla dichotomy? A political ecology analysis of conservation and local development in the case study of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park” (with distinction) she conducted primary research in Uganda gaining qualitative data to examine the conflict between mountain gorilla conservation measures and the situation of the local population. Subsequently she was the producer of a documentary for the Canadian film company Loud Roar Productions depicting the critical situation of the Batwa people in Uganda who have been evicted from the National Park. Her PhD project seeks to analyse the contested concept of a ‘Peace Park’ straddling Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo – a region infamously holding the title of “Africa’s World War”. Lisa currently works in the International Climate Initiative dealing with projects merging biodiversity conservation and climate change adaptation and mitigation in developing and emerging economies.

DSG2020 Online Course Testimonials

‘I think this was a great opportunity to learn during this difficult time. I am glad that I was able to participate in this Online edition of the Prague Summer School. The program was very well organized and the use of Google Classroom was the best choice! All the information was easily available and ready to access. The lectures were very interesting and informative. Also, the opportunity to work in small groups was very enriching; it was amazing what we all achieved in such a short period of time and in a virtual setting. Thanks again for everything!’ Ketty

‘Thank you very much for making this online summer school happen, I thought that it worked very well (although it’s of course not the same as meeting in person). The Google Classroom was very well organised and made it easy to find everything. I also appreciated that a lot of great effort was made to make the live sessions as interactive as possible. All in all, I learned a lot about sustainable development and left with a cautiously optimistic and pro-active spirit about the topic.’

‘This is one of the best online course I have ever had the opportunity to attend. From course materials to lecture delivery was amazing. I truly enjoyed myself and learnt a lot. I don’t know what else u guys can improve on but as they say “there is always room for improvement”.’

‘The program was great!! I appreciated your use of technology and knowledgeable facilitators to deliver such informative and deep insights about the various topics. All was available and timely, it was worth the time spent reading and listening to the videos. Looking forward to when the pandemic will clear to touch base with the people and place, hopefully. Otherwise, thank you.’

‘I think you did a very good job in changing it to an online class. Of course, I would have preferred it to be in Prague and I missed the discussions with the other students after the class but as an online class, I think it was very good and I don’t have a big suggestion on how it could have been improved. Thank you for all your work!’

Apply now! Applications are reviewed on rolling basis.