Global Challenges & Possibilities course introduction

 

Global Challenges & Possibilities within Social Services is a complementary course offered at Laurea Tikkurila. During this course, we will find out more about these global challenges and possibilities we are facing today. How can social work deal with these challenges and how can we together create a better world?

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Zero hunger: a reality or an illusion?

According to the World Food Program (WFP) 821 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That is about one in nine people on earth. Even more one in three – suffer from some form of malnutrition. The consequence is worse on children. Poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five, that is, 3.1 million children each year (World Food Program, 2018). In a world characterized by disturbing rate of hunger, especially in most developing countries, one of the fundamental sustainable development goals has been to combat hunger through zero hunger. The question here is, is zero hunger really something we can achieve in today’s world or is it just an illusion?

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The elderly population and discrimination in the global health

According to International Population Report 2015, elderly people make up of 8.5 percent (617 millions) of global population, the age range of 65 and over. Elderly population is rapidly growing in our world population. Due to their richness of life experiences and wisdom, they are one of the pivotal groups in our population, and most of them are politically active voting in political elections in Finland. However, there is a lack of enough workforce to work in caring of elderly people in Finland. The Finnish local news says that elderly people are having a hard time receiving care from health professionals since there is not enough nurses for them. By contemplating with the fact that there is not enough workforce for elderly people, we may have many questions such as “Is there any stereotyping ideas against elderly?” “If so, do people think critically about those stereotyping like they usually think critically about the stereotype against gender, sex and human rights?”

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Bringing quality education to developing countries

The world through the United Nations committed itself to achieving several goals for defended international development. Most of the goals were aimed at improving the developing or third world particularly. The goals were also around socio-economic development such as education for all, poverty elimination and acceptable basic health standards for all by 2020. Resources, finances, time and skills have been contributed towards the fulfillment of these aspirations particularly by leaders of developed economies. The goals were also unique in that they had to be ‘sustainable’ or they had to be maintained at a certain level, to be upheld and by all signatories. They are not just events but would have lifelong transformative power to the social fabrics of the globe.

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Below the breadline

It might be a surprise for many that United Kingdom is battling serious problems with children living in poverty. Currently 4.5 million children are living in poverty, which means that more than one in four children are affected by it. Living in poverty is harmful for children and it damages life chances and childhoods. The situation is expected to get worse in the future and more and more children will live below the breadline. How can this be possible and what could be done to help?

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Meaningful Minorities – Part II

Still quite a strong heterosexual norm exists in our society, causing prejudices and discrimination. How do those appear in our everyday life? Does media play a role in forming views? Can we see any actions for the better?

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Meaningful Minorities – Part I

What it comes to human rights among sexual minorities, Finland is the 5th best European country to provide equality. There has been set laws considering rights of gender minorities and human rights. Some of these laws and acts still have deficiencies which violate one’s self-determination.

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How does one create those decent jobs? PART 2

Dear Reader, according to the UN´s Sustainable Development Goal #8, the job creation happens by improving women´s employment possibilities, by educating the youth and providing them with the skills which match the labour market needs. The local communities and authorities need to cooperate in this plan and work towards building a more communal society.

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Enough work and economical growth for all or just for some? PART 1

Dear Reader,

are you one of the lucky ones in this globe who has a decent job and a stable financial situation? Or do you belong to the group of people who struggles to get by?

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