UCC Adult courses

Continuing Professional Development in The Climate Crisis and Local Government - Cert

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Continuing Professional Development in The Climate Crisis and Local Government

  • Code

    CCPDCG

  • College

    Adult Continuing Education, Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

  • Duration

    12 weeks

  • Teaching Mode

    Part-Time

  • Qualifications

    Cert

  • NFQ Level

    Level 7

  • NFQ Award Title

    Special Purpose Award

  • Fees

    €850 See Fees and Costs for full details.

  • Entry Requirements

    See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    12 January 2022

  • Next Intake

    January 2022

  • Venue

    Online/Blended

  • Start Date

    19 January 2022

Course Outline

The climate crisis is here. Recently we have seen it accelerate with record breaking temperatures, heatwaves, and wildfires. This course will examine these issues focusing on local government and sustainability. Such a dynamic and transitioning world requires governance at all levels, including local, to be responsive, proactive, and future-looking in finding solutions to address the complex intersecting issues we will all face as the global heating unfolds. The course will introduce councillors in how Ireland aims to become a climate-resilient, sustainable, and low carbon economy and society in the coming decades. The course will examine how government aims to mitigate and adapt to the challenges brought on by our changing climate in the process. In doing so it will look at, amongst other concerns the issues of urban and rural resilience, sustainability practices, the pathway to zero carbon, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and climate justice. The course will also examine the wider economic and political context at the macro level, the Paris climate agreement of 2015 for instance, and community leadership and the need for a dynamic political response across a subject which has not only local and national but global implications.

For more information on programme content, contact mark.kernan@ucc.ie

Course Practicalities

This course will be delivered part-time to facilitate adult learners who already have a multitude of professional and personal responsibilities. Each module on this course will comprise 18 hours of lectures, including both recorded lectures and live online classes delivered over 6 weeks. In addition, there will be a full day (Saturday) fieldtrip/workshop per module.

Both online and offline delivery of this programme allows for students from around Ireland’s 31 county and city councils to interact with each other through peer-to-peer learning, with a view to building relationships and networks between participants, and expertise in the issues related to the climate crisis.   

Why Choose This Course

It is imperative that our Elected Members have the necessary knowledge, education and leadership expertise to lead this challenge and the availability of a bespoke accredited course in climate action

Cllr. Nicholas Crossan, President of the AILG

Find Out More

This level 7 certificate has been designed specifically for county councillors in local government in Ireland, and it will cover up to date policies and initiatives such as the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act and the Climate Action Plan, amongst other pressing climate related issues. This course is the only university bearing credit CPD programme of its kind in Ireland offering a recognised qualification in this sector. Its purpose is to provide a unique opportunity for councillors to upgrade and upskill their professional & academic qualifications. The online and field trip component is designed for local government staff to interact with each other with a view to building relationships and networks between participants from across the local government sector in Ireland. Students who successfully complete this course will also as a recognition of prior learning gain exemption from module AD 1082/1085 Perspectives on Climate Change and Sustainable Development (10 credit module) within the Diploma in Environment, Sustainability and Climate.  https://www.ucc.ie/en/ace-devsc/

 

Skills and Careers Information

This unique programme aims to develop student’s knowledge and skills base with a view to support their effectiveness in their professional role. The wide-ranging content, subject specific material, peer-to-peer learning and sharing of practice in this course also act as a strong foundation for students to further their professional and academic development in the crucial subjects of global warming, sustainability, and the environment more generally.

Requirements

  • Candidates must be at least 21 years of age by 1 January of the year of application
  • Leaving Certificate (or equivalent qualification)/FETAC Level 5 qualification
  • Candidates who do not have a Leaving Certificate or FETAC Level 5 but are over 21 years of age may be deemed suitable. Applicants will have at least 2 years prior experience in a suitable area (local government, social studies, community work or other related subject area) and will be asked to submit a Personal Statement detailing their motivation to take this course and any work or life experience relevant to the subject.
  • Candidates must have completed the CARO (Local Authority Climate Action) workshop

Fees and Costs

€850

Additional costs may be incurred by students in travelling to attend fieldtrips/workshops.

For more information see the email and flyer from AILG or email ssullivan@ucc.ie

How Do I Apply

UCC identifies the following technical requirements checklist for students registering in 2020/21:

1. You will need access to a laptop or desktop computer running a modern supported operating system with all software updates.

2. Some of UCC’s services (e.g. the Canvas Virtual Learning Environment) Links to an external site. Also have mobile apps for iOS and Android Devices that you may wish to use as part of your studies.  However, we recommend using your desktop web browser for submission of assessments and exams.

3. You should always use the most current version of your preferred browser. In general, we recommend the Chrome Web browser (Important Note: Internet Explorer will not work with Canvas).

4. We recommend a reliable broadband connection with at least 2Mbps or more.

5. You will require an Office suite of software (Microsoft Office or equivalent) and a PDF reader. You should always use the latest version of this software.  All UCC students have access to Office 365.Links to an external site. By going to https://portal.office.com/account/Links to an external site. you can download and install the latest version of Microsoft Office, which includes software such as Word/PowerPoint etc. 

Applicants will additionally require basic computing proficiency skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office software such as Word, PowerPoint, and Teams.

During your online application you will be required to upload the following documents:

  • Birth Cert or Passport
  • Passport Photograph 
  • Candidates will be asked for a brief 200 word summary outlining their reasons for applying for this course.
  • English Language Test Report [if applicable]

NOTE: Once you have selected your course your application saves automatically.  If you don't complete your application in one session you can access your draft application in the "My Applications" section of the UCC360 application portal. The My Applications section will also keep you updated on the status of your application.

To apply, please contact the Programme Coordinator at ssullivan@ucc.ie

 

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