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Degree of Master of Arts

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Mr. Michael Bowker


The MA International Relations and Development Studies degree offers cutting-edge insights and skills on the linkages between international relations and development. As this is a cross-disciplinary course, run jointly by the Schools of International Development and Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies (PPL), students on this course benefit from the opportunity to take modules in two Schools with excellent reputations in both teaching and research.

The topics dealt with in this course are crucial for understanding a large range of issues pertaining to the development of the state, democracy, and the relationship between the United Nations, international politics and the countries of the global south. This makes this degree a stepping stone to careers in diplomacy, politics, government, and the multiple other strands of international development that incorporate issues of politics.

This Masters allows you to take a unique set of module options in both political science and development studies. The wide range of options allow you to tailor your course according to your interests and future career aspirations.

Courses, Content and Structure

The MA lasts twelve months for full-time students and two years for those studying part-time. You will have seminars and lectures during the first two semesters and then over the summer you will work on your dissertation which is handed in at the start of September.

Dissertation

The dissertation is a very important part of the MA. Students choose their own topic and are allocated an individual supervisor who gives advice on all aspects of writing and researching a dissertation. We also organise a Postgraduate Day in the spring semester when all postgraduates meet together and discuss their research. There is a session set aside for MA students to discuss their dissertation proposals with staff and their peers. For further details on the course and the modules we currently offer, please see the Course Profile tab.

Assessment

Assessment is a mixture of the more traditional academic approach - coursework and exams - alongside course tests and reflective reports. All modules will seek to improve your engagement and encourage independent learning. The majority of teaching relies on lectures and seminars, but will utilise, where appropriate, films and scenarios in order to explore different ideas and examples, both thematically and empirically.

Brussels Trip

Each year, a trip to Brussels is organised for our MA students. The trip includes three nights in a city centre hotel at a subsidised rate. We visit the EU and NATO and there are opportunities to ask politicians, officials and military people questions on their work. It is also a chance to meet graduates from UEA who are now working in or near Brussels.

Internships and workshops

You will also be eligible to apply for internships which are organised by the two Schools. Also see the DEV webpages for details on what they offer.

Careers

It is difficult at the moment to find good jobs, but it is always good to have an extra qualification, and an MA is an excellent way of making yourself look a bit different from the rest. We offer a growing number of internships which can be helpful in terms of employability, but we also organise special days for students studying Politics and International Relations when people working in the field come and discuss their jobs and how they got into them. Recent graduates from our MA programmes have taken up jobs in a wide variety of fields, including: business, teaching, research, journalism, the EU and many other international organisations. You will also be eligible to apply for internships which are organised by the two Schools.


Political, Social and International Studies at UEA offers a wide range of MA degrees. They all aim to combine an emphasis on student choice with professional training in research skills, but vary in the emphasis they place on the latter. Several of the MA programmes have Economic and Social Research Council (ERSC) recognition. This means that they meet national criteria for the training of social scientists. These skills are very valuable to a wide range of careers.

The MA degrees are led by a team of enthusiastic teachers. We offer a distinctive set of MA programmes that reflect UEA's long-standing tradition of research-led, interdisciplinary teaching.

Our MA students in Media and Cultural Politics were recently given the opportunity to attend a day long seminar with the leading critical theorist Stuart Hall. As part of the Issues in Media and Cultural Politics core module, we took our students to the 'Soundings' day long research seminar held at Marx House in London. Professor Stuart Hall provided the keynote address in which he described how modern capitalism has colonised public life, and provided a critical reflection upon the extent to which there was any opportunity for symbolic meaning to generate an alternative culture and politics. There was a lively discussion by many of the participants which gave our MA students the opportunity to engage with significant figures in the world of media and cultural politics at first hand.

Career Destinations for our MA and Diploma Students

The careers that our students follow after gaining one of our MAs or Diplomas vary greatly, but typical careers include: further postgraduate research in universities or other more policy-oriented domestic or international institutions, the media, diplomacy, international marketing and business. The 2005 EU Studies Guide featured the experience of two former MA students on "Why choosing the right degree could land you the perfect job".

Catch the latest debates and issues in the field of international relations at www.irrationalmagazine.wordpress.com/. Latest essays range from refugee repatriation to rape as a weapon in war. Irrational is edited by post-graduate students at UEA in PSI and Development Studies.

Year

Compulsory Study (80 credits)

Students must study the following modules for 80 credits:

Name Code Credits

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS THEORY

This introductory module will give students an essential grounding in International Relations theory, that is, the different ways we understand and predict international politics. The module is structured around the positivist/post-positivist divide and starts with classical realism and neo-realism, and liberalism and neo-liberalism. It then explores constructivism before turning to more critical theories like post-colonialism, feminism and gender studies, and Marxism. By the end of the module you will design your own IR theory. The module will be taught predominantly using lectures and seminars but will make use, where appropriate, of film and documentaries in order to explore different theoretical schools, both thematically and empirically.

PPLIM011

20

MA IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT EXAMINATION

This is a generic exam for students registered on the MA in International Relations and Development Studies.

PPLIM212

20

PSI DISSERTATION

For all MA students registered in PSI except those on the MA, Media, Society and Culture. Students are required to write a dissertation of a length as specified in their MA Course Guide on a topic approved by the Course Director or other authorised person.

PPLXM50X

40

Option A Study (20 credits)

Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Name Code Credits

DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES

The objective of this module is to explore different theoretical ideas and debates about development, and place these in their historical and political contexts. We will critically assess the various ways in which development has been conceptualized, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Topics covered will include modernisation theory; dependency theory; the role of the state; neo-liberalism and the Washington Consensus, neo-institutionalism and the post-Washington Consensus; poverty and basic needs; human development and capabilities; equity and justice; rights and empowerment; and sustainable development. A key point of the module is to show how ideas in development emerge and how they shape policies and practice in development in the present day.

DEV-M003

20

GOVERNANCE DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT

The concepts of governance and democracy hold very different meanings for distinct political trends. Thus, on the one hand democracy is cited as the only way for citizens to have meaningful input into their government, while on the other it is seen as empty of most substantial content consisting mainly of relatively meaningless formal components such as multi-party elections, a vehicle for enabling globalisation. Similarly, there are multiple ways of conceptualising governance. Recently, 'good governance' has become a development buzzword that now occupies a central place in development thinking, policy-making and practice. But what does good governance mean and why has it become so important for development? How are democracy and governance related to the state and how are they affected by global governance? What does it mean to be a citizen, whether of a state or globally and how does gender, in the form of masculinisms, affect the way all these are conceptualised? These are some of the key issues and questions that this module will try to address. Students who have taken this course should understand the historical roots of democracy and the political aims behind the governance agenda. They will also have gained theoretical perspectives, analytical tools, and basic information that can help them evaluate wider debates about political development, democracy, and governance.

DEV-M065

20

Option B Study (80 credits)

Students will select 80 credits from the following modules:

Students must select 20 credits in SEM 1 and 60 credits in SEM 2.

Name Code Credits

AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY

This module will use case studies of Southeast Asia, Central America and the Middle East to explore the reasons for American interventions and to assess their success or failure. It will offer an historical understanding of the assumptions and practices which lie behind contemporary US foreign policy-making. The module will introduce students to the institutions and processes involved in the making of American foreign policy.

PPLIM032

20

APPLIED METHODS FOR IMPACT EVALUATION

This module aims to provide a comprehensive overview of the most important methods of impact evaluation. For that purpose, it provides instruction in and hands on experiences of the main quantitative and qualitative impact evaluation methods, with an emphasis on the quantitative.

DEV-M096

20

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT I: SCIENCE, IMPACTS AND ADAPTATION

This module introduces students to the phenomenon of climate change, interconnections between climate change and development and theory and practice for adapting to climate change, in the context of developing countries. The first part of the module covers key aspects of climate change science necessary for a basic understanding of the causes of climate change, future projections of climate change and key impacts as well as methods for assessing these. The second part of the module focuses on adaptation to climate change by introducing the concepts of adaptation, vulnerability and resilience. National and sectoral policy making for adapting to climate change is then explored with reference to case studies. Finally the interconnections between disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation are explored. Seminars explore climate science and adaptation topics.

DEV-M103

20

CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT II: GOVERNANCE, POLICY AND SOCIETY

This module critically examines international/national climate change governance and policy and societal impacts from and responses to climate change and climate change policy. The first half of the semester (Section A) will discuss the history and politics of the international climate change negotiations and then critically examine the way the climate regime (UNFCCC) operates. The following three lectures will look in detail at two items under negotiation with significant implications for developing countries. Finally we will discuss global carbon markets. The second half of the semester (Section B) will turn to the interface of climate change and society. It will start by discussing urban responses to climate change before critically examining geoengineering and other ethical/justice related debates before examining the role of energy demand and lifestyle in tackling climate change and ending with a session on conflict and human security implications from climate change. The seminars will be interactive and enable students to better understand the international negotiating process and ways to engage positively with climate change.

DEV-M118

20

CONCEPTUALISING SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH

This module provides students at school and faculty level with a generic introduction to social science research. This includes introductory material on the nature of social science research, research design, the nature of quantitative and qualitative research methodology, and examines the process and skills needed for social science research. The module is the core module for DEV's 3 MRes programmes: MRes International Development; MRes Development Practice and MRes Social Science Research (Faculty-wide). The module focuses on social science research in terms of design and methodology and complements other modules being offered in DEV and other schools on social science research methods and tools.

DEV-M087

20

CONFLICT GOVERNANCE AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

Thi is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA Conflict Governance and International Development.

DEV-M054

20

CONFLICT, PEACE AND SECURITY

The aim of CPS is to promote an understanding of the driving forces behind armed conflicts, including civil wars, riots, and communal conflicts, which have become a major obstacle to development. It situates these within the global political economy, particularly within the neo-liberal politics of the last few decades, as well as within concepts of post-colonial state building. Security is conceptualised broadly as not just national/international security but also as the right to security of individuals, including women and children, as well as civilian men. Gender is an important analytical lens here, used not as a proxy for women but as a vitally important component of global militarism, particularly as regards the part played by hegemonic masculinist concepts and ways in which masculinisms play out in specific conflict settings. Peace is conceptualised not just as the situation that breaks out after the signing of a peace treaty but also in relation to post-conflict levels of direct and structural violence that affect individuals and groups of citizens, including women and children at the domestic as well as other levels. Humanitarian agendas are discussed along with their effects on conflict as well as the politics of the UN, and conflicts arising out of competition over natural resources. Students who have taken this module should be able to situate the causes of conflict within the global political economy and understand how conflicts relate to the wider regional and international contexts.

DEV-M052

20

CONTEMPORARY WORLD DEVELOPMENT

This module is guided by the premise that theoretical perspectives about development are shaped by historical contexts and conditions that shape them. These contexts critically influence the issues and processes that are identified as the key concerns of development. They also impact upon the nature of the agency that is chosen to offer solutions to these concerns. Contemporary World Development explores how key development perspectives inform the most important issues in development today and different kinds of agency.

DEV-M002

20

DEVELOPMENT PERSPECTIVES

The objective of this module is to explore different theoretical ideas and debates about development, and place these in their historical and political contexts. We will critically assess the various ways in which development has been conceptualized, from the end of the Second World War to the present day. Topics covered will include modernisation theory; dependency theory; the role of the state; neo-liberalism and the Washington Consensus, neo-institutionalism and the post-Washington Consensus; poverty and basic needs; human development and capabilities; equity and justice; rights and empowerment; and sustainable development. A key point of the module is to show how ideas in development emerge and how they shape policies and practice in development in the present day.

DEV-M003

20

DEVELOPMENT WORK PLACEMENT

THIS MODULE IS RESERVED FOR STUDENTS ON THE FOLLOWING ROUTES ONLY; Media and International Develpment, Clmate Change and International Development and Environment and International Development. This module is offered as an alternative to the 40 credit dissertation module (DEV-M04X) that all MA/MSc students in DEV currently take. Whilst an academic dissertation will benefit most master's students, for others there may be more benefit to be gained from an appropriate, challenging work experience placement that is then linked to theory and reflected on critically in a report. Students will be responsible for finding a suitable placement but will be given a range of support from DEV which includes: giving the students access to the DEV internship host data base compiled over nearly a decade; advice on identifying appropriate placements; advice on CV design, fund-raising (where necessary), health and safety, ethical considerations etc.; facilitate communication between student and potential host, in some cases acting as a mediator. Whilst we cannot guarantee a placement we are confident that most students who take this module and apply themselves to identifying an internship, will be successful. If there are any students who cannot find a suitable internship then they will automatically transfer to the standard dissertation module.

DEV-M06X

40

DISSERTATION

Production of a short (8000-12000) dissertation on an approved topic.

DEV-M04X

40

ECONOMETRIC METHODS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this introductory module is to expose students to basic econometric theory and provide them with sufficient knowledge and practical skill for competent use of econometrics in empirical research. The module also enables students to understand and interpret econometric research results. By the end of the module students acquire sufficient knowledge and skill to apply multivariate analysis of cross-sectional and time-series data to a wide range of macro- and micro-economic problems of development. In addition to lectures, the module includes computer workshops on Stata (widely used econometrics software) and seminars.

DEV-M067

20

EDUCATIONAL POLICY AND PRACTICE FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of the module is to enable students to understand current debates on education and development and their implications for international and national education strategies. Students will critically examine education policy documents (including web-based literature), investigate policy development processes and develop the ability to locate global, national and local levels policies and practices within a range of discourses and theoretical frameworks. These processes will be investigated in relation to particular policy agendas including access and quality, educational governance, social justice and school choice, as well as areas such as education and conflict, poverty and marginalisation, gender and HIV and AIDS.

DEV-M046

20

EUROPE AND THE WORLD

This module examines the position of Europe in International Relations. Weekly lectures and seminars centre upon contemporary debates on Globalisation and Regionalism, Trade Relations with US, China, and the European neighbourhood, security strategies and responses to topical International Conflicts like Palestine, Syria, and African civil wars, Inter-regional co-operation among trading blocs in politics and commerce, relations with emerging powers and the Developing World, and Environmental/Energy Issues.

PPLIM036

20

EUROPEAN UNION: POWER, POLITICS AND POLICY

This module studies the integration process in Europe. It introduces the evolution of political and economic co-operation. The main political actors and their roles are identified and the workings of the European Union as a polity are assessed in the light of relevant theoretical discourses and interpretations. The module is taught through seminars. The module is open to students with no prior knowledge of the European Union but this is not a module which teaches the basics of how it works and beginners will need to do extra reading to maintain their progress.

PPLIM003

20

GENDER CONCEPTS FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aims of this module are to provide students with a solid understanding of both the theoretical perspectives and concepts that have underpinned the field of gender and development; and to enable students to understand the link between gender and key debates within development studies such as poverty, violence, religion and the role of men in gender and development. The module begins by exploring the various approaches to theorising gender and development, as they have evolved in recent decades. It then introduces and explains a range of key concepts as the foundations of gender analysis. The second part of the module applies these concepts in examining a selection of important and policy relevant debates: the nature of the household and kinship, gender roles, power and empowerment, poverty, violence, masculinities, religion and the gendered nature of institutions. The module builds the foundation for the more applied units which follow, and whilst it touches on policy implications as they arise, it does not focus on gender policy as such.

DEV-M015

20

GENDER DIVERSITY AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

This module explores relations between social policies (defined broadly) and various forms of identity and difference. It focuses on the experiences of developing countries and pays particular attention to gender issues, although other aspects of diversity (such as ethnicity, disability and age) are also addressed explicitly. The module has both theoretical and more practical components, including sessions on gender planning and mainstreaming analysis. This module has a limit of 40 students.

DEV-M066

20

GLOBAL POLITICAL ECONOMY OF EMERGING POWERS

Emerging markets serve as the world's economic growth engine but are also bringing in changes in world order and governance through stronger regional blocs, new South-South alliances, and pressure to change the distribution of power in existing intergovernmental organisations. The focus of this module is on a multi-scalar analysis of social, political and economic change. This analytical framework allows students to understand these transformations at the domestic level as well as in the global arena. This module therefore examines how the large group of dynamic middle-income countries are at the forefront of global political economic change. The course gives an overview of current political, institutional and economic developments in selected emerging powers (including but not limited to China, India, Brazil, Nigeria, South Africa and Turkey).

PPLIM040

20

GLOBALISATION, BUSINESS AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides an understanding of the economic, social and environmental impacts of globalisation. It focuses on the role of business, particularly corporate social responsibility, and the changing role of the state in promoting economic development.

DEV-M110

20

GLOBALISED AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS

The aim of this module is to understand how food security is affected by policies, environmental processes, and actions that occur at the international level. Food security is a central theme, and how it is constructed and contested at international level, involving global institutions, interest groups, and diverse policy agendas. This exploration does not confine itself exclusively to production, but also considers other areas of concern, including: global environmental change, dietary shifts, 'post-production' concerns with food quality or ecosystem integrity, agribusiness, public versus private agricultural innovation, intellectual property rights, and strategies for technological development. Students will gain critical understanding of these debates and how different policy actors engage with them at both the local and the global level. These actors include firms, public RandD institutions, civil society, farmers' movements, consumers' groups, and major donors and philanthropic organizations. The module will help students develop a critical and inter-disciplinary understanding of key international policy debates that have relevance to agriculture. Additionally, students will gain a better understanding of how trends in globalised agriculture affect poor people, particularly smallholder farmers, but also consumers and those involved in value chains.

DEV-M106

20

GOVERNANCE DEMOCRACY AND DEVELOPMENT

The concepts of governance and democracy hold very different meanings for distinct political trends. Thus, on the one hand democracy is cited as the only way for citizens to have meaningful input into their government, while on the other it is seen as empty of most substantial content consisting mainly of relatively meaningless formal components such as multi-party elections, a vehicle for enabling globalisation. Similarly, there are multiple ways of conceptualising governance. Recently, 'good governance' has become a development buzzword that now occupies a central place in development thinking, policy-making and practice. But what does good governance mean and why has it become so important for development? How are democracy and governance related to the state and how are they affected by global governance? What does it mean to be a citizen, whether of a state or globally and how does gender, in the form of masculinisms, affect the way all these are conceptualised? These are some of the key issues and questions that this module will try to address. Students who have taken this course should understand the historical roots of democracy and the political aims behind the governance agenda. They will also have gained theoretical perspectives, analytical tools, and basic information that can help them evaluate wider debates about political development, democracy, and governance.

DEV-M065

20

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT

This module provides a broad introduction to health issues in a context of development. It reviews different cultural understandings of health, and relationships between health, socio-economic change, livelihoods and poverty. The module also examines health policies of particular relevance to developing countries. While the module looks at health issues in general, it pays particular attention to links between HIV/AIDS and development.

DEV-M070

20

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH PROJECT

In this module, students will conduct and write up their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD8X

60

INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC POLICY

This module provides an understanding of the economics of international trade and investment and their implications for development. It analyses the impacts of international trade, foreign investment and technology transfer on developing countries and evaluates the effects of national trade and investment policies and international economic agreements and institutions. It covers both trade theory and more applied topics such as the impact of trade on labour and the environment.

DEV-M056

20

INTERNATIONAL HISTORY OF THE ASIA-PACIFIC REGION

This module looks at the history of the region, including the involvement of the superpowers in the politics of the cold war in Asia. Conflict in the region as well as the rise and fall of the regional powers are reviewed. The development of multipolarity and the importance of the Asia-Pacific region in the post-cold war world is also covered. The aftermath of the Second World War, the onset of the Cold War, conflict in Korea and Vietnam, the changing relationship between the US, USSR and China are covered, as is the development of Southeast Asia in the modern world. We also assess the major issues contemporary to the region.

PPLIM007

20

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS AND PUBLIC POLICY

The module aims to enable students to develop an understanding of the role of international organisations and their impact on public policy and public management at the domestic and international levels. Students will discuss critically the theories, models and concepts used in the analysis of international cooperation, competing perspectives in international politics and demonstrate the role they play in public policy and public management. The UN, NATO, IMF, WTO, World Bank and EU will be examined and why sovereign states decide to establish these and other international organisations. Their role in security, trade, finance, gender and environmental policy will be considered and the factors which determine their design and evolution. The extent to which their operation reflects underlying power and interest will be evaluated and the extent to which they have democratic legitimacy.

PPLIM006

20

INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS: CONFLICT AND DEVELOPMENT

This module introduces to students the basic concepts of integration/disintegration, globalisation, regionalism and the purpose of the existence of and inter-relationship between international regional Organisations. It then goes on to examine the structure and functions of several major international organisations such as the United Nations, NATO, the EU, NAFTA, ASEAN, MERCOSUR, the AU, etc, and their role in international conflict and economic development with specific case studies. A brief coverage of International Financial Institutions such as IMF, World Bank, the WTO and the G8 will complement the main areas of study above. The style of the module consists of a series of lectures/seminars, class presentations, video showings and workshops. Although this is a mostly empirically based module, students will be expected to apply International Relations and Development theories which they will be studying alongside, in their other modules, as appropriate.

PPLIM009

20

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES-EXAMINATION

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in International Relations and Development Studies.

DEV-M048

20

INTERNATIONAL SECURITY

This module examines the study of security in the international system, through its roots in Cold War strategic studies to the development of the more broadly focused field of security studies today. The module critically analyses contemporary security issues and provides a sound theoretical base for considering practical issues of security, including new wars, intervention and terrorism. Themes are explored from theoretical perspectives and include security and the nation state, war and peace, new wars, alliances, democratic peace, securitisation, human security, the arms industry, religion and security and terrorism.

PPLIM020

20

INTRODUCTION TO DEVELOPMENT FIELDWORK

This module will help prepare students for development fieldwork and focus on practical and ethical issues. Topics covered will include understanding the local context and culture, working with marginalised, vulnerable and privileged groups, negotiating access to field sites and power relations. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD3X

20

INTRODUCTION TO EDUCATION FOR DEVELOPMENT

The aim of the module is for students to understand current debates on the principles and theories linking education to development in a range of social contexts. The module will introduce students to theories of education and development including international and comparative education. These are examined in relation to the broader challenges of development. Topics in the module may include: theories of human development and capabilities, human capital and rights based approaches, theories of equity, social justice and inclusive education. We will examine schooling in contexts of chronic poverty, models of schooling and de-schooling, formal and non-formal education, the challenges of linguistic and cultural diversity, inclusive education and disability, gender inequalities, and the education of nomads and other migratory groups.

DEV-M007

20

INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH METHODS

The module will provide an overview of different research methods and how they can be applied within the context of development practice. Among other things, it will cover the following topics: interviewing, mixed methods approaches, participatory research methods and basic statistical analysis. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD2Y

20

INTRODUCTION TO SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (MRES DP)

This module provides students with a generic introduction to Social Science research. This includes introductory material on the nature of Social Science research, research design and the nature of quantitative and qualitative research methodology. It also examines the skills needed for Social Science research. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD1Y

20

MA IN EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT - EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Education and Development.

DEV-M036

20

MA IN GENDER ANALYSIS IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Gender Analysis in International Development.

DEV-M034

20

MA IN GLOBALISATION BUSINESS AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA Globalisation Business and Sustainable Development: Exam.

DEV-M114

20

MA IN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3-hour exam taken by all students on the MA in International Development.

DEV-M112

20

MA IN INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in International Social Development.

DEV-M038

20

MA IN MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Media and International Development.

DEV-M084

20

MA IN RURAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MA in Rural Development.

DEV-M030

20

MACROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

Why are some countries richer than others? The objective of the module is to provide a rigorous analysis of economic growth issues and examine macroeconomic models that describe determinants of long-term growth and income. We will study the role of capital accumulation, initial income, population growth, education, technological progress, and institutions in determining different patterns of economic development. Theory and data analysis will jointly help explain why some countries embark on divergent development paths.

DEV-M076

20

MASTER IN RESEARCH DISSERTATION

15,000 to 20,000 words on an approved topic.

DEV-M05X

80

MEDIA AND DEVELOPMENT IN PRACTICE

In this module students will be working in the university and in the local community to design, implement and evaluate their own 'live' media and development project. This module is taught and facilitated by lecturers from DEV and by a team of professionals from a media and development organisation, called New Media Networks (NMN). NMN is a creative industries company that works in the UK and internationally for lasting social change. Students will also be working with staff (and possibly volunteers) from the local organisations we collaborate with.

DEV-M099

20

MEDIA AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The aim of this module is to provide an introduction to the analysis of the different approaches to development communication and the wider relationships between media and development.

DEV-M082

20

MEDIA AND SOCIETY

This module is intended to provide all students studying media related postgraduate degrees with a broad, current and inter-disciplinary understanding of the media today. Our guiding philosophy is that in order properly to understand the media, whether as a lawyer, economist, development studies professional, media studies specialist or political scientist, it is essential to have a wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary understanding of the modern media. What we shall be doing over the year, therefore, is to look at the structure of media today in the UK and globally. We will consider, from several different academic perspectives, how media content is constructed, what shapes content and how content may be controlled and even censored. We will also look at the media industry, examining how it is currently organised and managed, what factors influence its current organisation and consider how it might develop. We will examine how media affects peoples and societies, particularly with the rise of social media, and review the debates about media influence and power. Finally, we will seek to draw together key aspects of modern media.

DEV-M105

20

METHODS OF SOCIAL ENQUIRY

The module offers a basic training in social research methods, provided flexibly to meet different needs and interests. There are opportunities to learn skills in use of SPSS for statistical analysis of large datasets, interviewing, transcription, document analysis, research uses of electronic media, devising a research proposal, writing a research report and oral presentations. Students will learn to evaluate research methods from the perspectives of ethics, methodology and practicality.

PPLXM11Y

40

MICROECONOMICS OF DEVELOPMENT

The module provides the building blocks for microeconomic analysis of development. Topics include: #Poverty, inequality and welfare #Agricultural household production #Intra- household allocation #Risk, uncertainty and insurance #Markets and Institutions: credit #Markets and institutions: labour #Human capital : education, health and nutrition #Public goods, collective action #Institutions, transaction costs #Policy reforms #Household surveys and their analysis. The module consists of lectures, seminars and workshops. Students are assessed by essay and exam.

DEV-M057

20

MSC IN CLIMATE CHANGE AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Climate Change and International Development.

DEV-M086

20

MSC IN DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Development Economics.

DEV-M116

20

MSC IN ENVIRONMENT AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT:EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSC in Environment and International Development.

DEV-M042

20

MSC IN IMPACT EVALUATION FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3 hour exam taken by all students on the MSc in Impact Evaluation for International Development.

DEV-M108

20

MSC IN WATER SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: EXAM

This is a 3-hour exam taken by all students on the MSc in Water Security and International Development.

DEV-M104

20

PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBALISATION

The module is designed to provide a broad overview of the debates on globalisation and its implications for developing countries. It is taught from a variety of different disciplinary perspectives and considers a range of views and critiques. It addresses key issues such as the impact of globalisation on poverty and inequality, the role of the state, and conflict and security, as well as addressing the resistance to globalisation and the rise of global social movements.

DEV-M071

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POLITICAL ECOLOGY OF ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

This course seeks to provide students with a solid understanding of political ecology theory and to enable them to apply this theory for analyzing environment and development problems. After a brief introduction to key theoretical concepts in political ecology, students review key contributions to major policy fields in environment and development. They do this in a series of reading seminars, covering agriculture and biotechnology, climate change, conservation, fisheries, forestry, water management and other fields. The course ends with a workshop on the role of policy in political ecology.

DEV-M090

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RESEARCH PROJECT 1

In this module, students will conduct an organisational and policy analysis for their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD4Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT 2

In this module, students will design and pilot their own research instruments for their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD5Y

20

RESEARCH PROJECT 3

In this module, students will develop a detailed research proposal for their Final Independent Research Project. THIS MODULE IS ONLY AVAILABLE FOR MRES DEVELOPMENT PRACTICE STUDENTS.

DEV-MD6Y

20

RESEARCH SKILLS WORKSHOP: DESIGN AND WRITING

RSW:DW will focus on identifying research questions; scoping existing knowledge and finding literature; critical reading and writing; editing and planning arguments; comparing conceptual approaches and preliminary thinking about theory-data linkages.

DEV-M091

10

RESEARCH TECHNIQUES AND ANALYSIS

The course lectures and seminars will include the following topics: # Development research and research ethics # Research design and method; sampling, questionnaire design, interviews # The role of qualitative methods in quantitative research and mixed methods # Participatory and action research # Design and implementation of household surveys on various topics, e.g. income, consumption, employment, health, nutrition, education, etc. Basic data processing and statistical analysis and presentation are taught using SPSS.

DEV-M027

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RSW: ELABORATING RESEARCH DESIGN

This module continues from where RSW1 leaves off. It provides students with the skills to complete their procedural paper, particularly focusing on methodology and moving further on theory-data linkages towards the construction of a conceptual framework.

DEV-M092

10

RURAL LIVELIHOODS AND AGRARIAN CHANGE

Rural Livelihoods and Agrarian Change is a core module for all MAARD and MAGAID students and is an option for all other masters students. It is an inter-disciplinary module that uses a social relations perspective to understand how people make a living in contexts of poverty and vulnerability. It aims to provide an overview of rural livelihoods and approaches to their analysis as well as a critical assessment of the implications of gender relations and poverty, for livelihood building. The interconnections between the wider context within which livelihoods are built, including national policies and the character of specific locations, the social structure and rules that determine entitlements, the assets or resources available to individuals and groups, and their livelihood strategies, will be examined. The links between rural and urban, farm and non-farm for the livelihoods of rural people, over time, will also be explored.

DEV-M061

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RURAL POLICIES and POLITICS

Around three-quarters of the world's poor live in rural areas and the gap between poor and rich continues to widen. The fate of the rural poor can be greatly influenced by policies in areas such as agriculture, land, social protection, natural resources, health, education and trade. This module reviews key policies and issues in these and other areas. It also guides students to critically analyse policy choices within specific contexts. Rural Policies recognises the importance of looking at rural policies with consideration of particular socio-economic contexts and in relation to larger-scale trends that are affecting rural areas: globalisation, urbanisation, de-agrarianisation, rural-urban linkages, conflict, HIV/AIDS and decentralisation. At the same time, it is based on the premise that rural areas require particular policies because of the distinct conditions characterizing them.

DEV-M016

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RUSSIAN FOREIGN POLICY

The module considers how far Russian foreign policy has changed since the end of the Cold War. It studies the internal and external determinants of foreign policy, looks at key policy issues and examines relations between Russia and other states and regions.

PPLIM008

20

SOCIAL ANALYSIS FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Over the last few years, social development has become a leading focus in international development policy. Most international agencies and many of the larger NGOs have their own departments or divisions of social development. This module offers a detailed theoretical analysis of key concepts issues in social development, such as power relations, social capital, social exclusion, participatory development and different understandings of poverty. It focuses on the experiences of developing countries.

DEV-M063

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THE FOREIGN RELATIONS OF CHINA AND JAPAN IN THE MODERN WORLD

The module looks at the history of China and Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. The attempts at modernisation, conflict between the two nations, their relationships with the Asian region and the United States are covered. Their contrasting attempts to develop in the postwar period are investigated. We also assess their current policies and the issues of importance to China and Japan in the twenty first century, and assess whether they can move beyond the legacy of this difficult history.

PPLIM026

20

TOOLS AND SKILLS IN ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

This module aims to introduce a range of tools and frameworks used by researchers, government agencies, businesses and NGOs to inform and develop their environmental management strategies in a sustainable development context. Students will gain familiarity with the most important available approaches and an understanding of the key assumptions and ideas in environment-development research, monitoring and management systems. The module is taught through workshops and practical sessions, lectures and field or study visits within Norfolk. There is an emphasis on putting concepts into practice and understanding how environmental assessments guide management actions. Both individual and team projects will be important. Tools and frameworks covered may include environmental and social impact assessments, survey techniques for land, water or biodiversity, GIS and modelling of social-ecological systems, sustainable livelihoods analysis and integrated conservation and development.

DEV-M064

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UNDERSTANDING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CHANGE

This module provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the analysis and understanding of issues of environmental change, and of the relationships between environment and development. Students will have a critical understanding of social constructions of cause and effect relationships in environment and development issues, including a critical understanding of scientific assessments. They will be able to link these understandings to topics encountered in other courses, and to develop their own perspectives on environment and development issues. In particular they should understand the somewhat different perspectives in 'less developed countries' on environment and development issues. The course consists of weekly workshops and seminar sessions, which include videos and discussions oriented around core issues and readings. Assessment is based on coursework and written examination.

DEV-M051

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WAR GAMES: DIPLOMACY AND STRATEGY IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

'War games' introduces students to some of the major issues and ideas concerning diplomacy and military strategy in International Relations. The module comprises fortnightly lectures, two screening sessions, and weekly seminars involving lengthy scenario exercises. Students will learn about the theoretical and practical challenges concerning military relations between states, including concepts such as 'the security dilemma', 'future uncertainty', 'self help', 'balancing', 'deterrence', 'imperial overstretch', and 'humanitarian intervention'. The successful completion of this module will lead to a more nuanced understanding of war and peace in international politics.

PPLIM034

20

WATER SECURITY FOR DEVELOPMENT - THEORY AND CONCEPTS

The aim of 'Water Security Theory and Concepts' is to investigate the theory and conceptual frameworks that underpin research and policy work on 'water security'. The module explores the background to rising concerns regarding the protection and use of water, and outlines key issues and interests relevant to its current treatment in research and in practice. It examines the differences between water security and water resources security, and moreover, investigates the connections between water security with food, climate or energy security, and international, state and individual concerns regarding military security.

DEV-M101

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WATER SECURITY FOR DEVELOPMENT - TOOLS AND POLICY

The aim of 'Water Security Tools and Policy' is to investigate and provide a working familiarity with established and cutting-edge analytical, decision-making, and development tools (such as water footprinting or climate impacts assessment) for effective water security policy. It will utilise case study material, physical models, computer exercises and material brought or sourced by students to audit the water security of a system of interest (e.g. city, region, country, irrigation scheme). The students will record and assess the factors that affect water security such as laws and legal frameworks; water supply and demand volumes; institutions for managing water; climate change science and models; climate risks and adaptation; and future projections regarding societal change. Actions to address security will be discussed and formulated.

DEV-M102

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WELFARE AND EVALUATION IN DEVELOPMENT

This module aims to provide an introduction to the theory and practice of Impact Evaluation. For that purpose, the first part intends to address the theory of welfare, with particular reference to poverty, inequality and multi-dimensional ill-being. The second part of the module intends to provide an introduction the theories and practices of evidence based policy making, and the third part to cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis.

DEV-M097

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Disclaimer

Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject: Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Degree Classification: UK BA (Hons) 2.1 or equivalent

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

We welcome applications from students whose first language is not English. To ensure such students benefit from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE (Pearson): 62 (minimum 55 in all components)

Test dates should be within two years of the course start date.

Other tests, including Cambridge English exams and the Trinity Integrated Skills in English are also accepted by the university. The full list of accepted tests can be found here: Accepted English Language Tests

INTO University of East Anglia

If you do not meet the academic requirements for this course, you may be able to study one of the International Graduate Diploma programmes offered by our partner INTO UEA. These programmes guarantee progression to selected masters degrees if students achieve the appropriate grade. For more details please click here:

International Graduate Diploma in Political, Social and International Studies

INTO UEA also run pre-sessional courses which can be taken prior to the start of your course. For further information and to see if you qualify please contact intopre-sessional@uea.ac.uk

Intakes

This course's annual intake is in September of each year.

Alternative Qualifications

If you have alternative qualifications that have not been mentioned above then please contact university directly for further information.

Assessment

All applications for postgraduate study are processed through the Faculty Admissions Office and then forwarded to the relevant School of Study for consideration. If you are currently completing your first degree or have not yet taken a required English language test, any offer of a place will be conditional upon you achieving this before you arrive.

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for 2015/6 will be confirmed shortly. Tuition fees for Postgraduate students for the academic year 2014/15 were £6,000 for Home/EU students and £12,900 for International Students.

If you choose to study part-time, the fee per annum will be half the annual fee for that year, or a pro-rata fee for the module credit you are taking (only available for Home/EU students).

We estimate living expenses at £820 per month.


Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.