The Sustainable Development Goals


The third module of this course introduces students to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Students read about the background to the SDGs and how they were created to follow on from the MDGs. They watch a video that introduces the Goals along with questions and statements for them to reflect on.

The last section encourages critical engagement with the SDGs- are they fit for purpose? Are they measurable? Do they oversimplify complex issues? Resources are shared with students for further research.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how the SDGs were created
  • List the 17 SDGs themselves and outline what they hope to achieve
  • Critically evaluate the contradictions and issues associated with the SDGs
  • Apply the SDGs to their concept development and design thinking


This course module takes approximately 35 minutes to complete, excluding reading further resources shared.

EWB Ireland Funders

This resource is funded by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs through their Development Education grant scheme, grant number DE/21/A/12. Irish Aid is the government’s overseas development programme which supports partners working in some of the world’s poorest countries. Irish Aid also supports global citizenship and development education in Ireland to encourage learning and public engagement with global issues. The ideas, opinions and comments herein are the responsibility of EWB Ireland and do not necessarily represent or reflect DFA policy.

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