INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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  • MA
    International Development

  • MA
    Education and Development

  • MA
    Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development

  • MA
    Conflict, Governance and International Development

 
 

MA International Development

Course Profile

On this course you will cover the key issues in international development within the context of contemporary global change.

You’ll address your subject from social, economic, historical, political and environmental standpoints. You’ll learn to ask, and propose answers to, questions about the origins and persistence of poverty, inequality, illiteracy, gender discrimination, oppression, environmental change, and much more.

You’ll address how international development has been shaped by discussions such as the state vs. market debate, by processes such as neoliberalism, globalisation and urbanisation, by intellectual frameworks such as the basic needs, human development and the capability approach, and by moral dilemmas such as cosmopolitan justice and the existence of obligations towards poor citizens in poor countries.

You’ll consider the long-term processes which have shaped and hindered progress in many regions of the world. You’ll also discover the main theoretical and pragmatic approaches to international development that have been proposed and adopted since the post-World War II period.

You’ll learn to critically analyse different development patterns and pathways, as well as exploring the causes and effects of recent trends in major development areas.

In addition, you’ll become familiar with concrete case studies of problems affecting developing areas and evaluate possible policies and strategies at both national and international levels to overcome these problems.

Most importantly, you’ll develop the ability to think critically about development issues. This will be enhanced by insider perspectives on our lecturers’ own research findings within a wide range of areas.

MA Education and Development

Course Profile

Explore the ways that education can contribute to the development process, both theoretically and empirically. You’ll look at a variety of perspectives, including human rights, social and human development, and human capital.

This course will enable you to understand current debates, and their implications for national and international education strategies. In doing so, it locates educational debates within a wider development perspective.

Topics in the core modules include current challenges of education and development, including linguistic and cultural diversity, the education of nomads and other migratory groups, and responses to conflict, HIV/Aids and child labour.

You will also examine international and national policies and practices, with the aim of developing the capacity to contribute to appropriate policy design for educational development.

MA Globalisation, Business and Sustainable Development

Course Profile

The process of globalisation is central to an understanding of the contemporary world. The nature of this process and its implications for international development are hotly debated and you’ll tackle key questions including:

  • Is globalisation leading to increasing international inequality and poverty, or does the expansion of international trade in goods and services provide new opportunities for developing countries?
  • How can we make sense of emergent trends such as fair trade, social entrepreneurship, corporate social responsibility and sustainable consumption?
  • Does globalisation call for a radical overhaul of existing international, national and local institutions?
  • And why is it so difficult to solve global environmental problems such as climate change?

You’ll also consider the counter-tendencies and resistance to globalisation and how these are played out in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

We’ll provide you with the tools to critically analyse the process of globalisation and its impact on international development.

MA Conflict, Governance and International Development

Course Profile

You’ll focus on the political development goals of sustainable peace, good governance and stable democracy. You’ll also draw on different theoretical approaches and various empirical examples throughout your degree programme. You’ll be challenged to critically assess alternative suggestions for establishing peace and inclusive, durable democracies in developing countries.

Key topics include the possible definitions, arguable causes and consequences of democracy; the political, social and economic effects of different political institutions; and the typically contested origins of violent intrastate conflicts as well as the suggestions that have been made to help overcome them.

 

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