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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Global Development

Programme code:MA-G/DEVUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jorg Wiegratz Contact

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject. Allowance may be made for relevant work experience.

School/Unit responsible for the parenting of students and programme:

School of Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

School of Politics and International Studies MA Exam Board

Programme specification:

This is a well established programme which attracts a large and diverse group of students each year from a range of countries in the North and South and a variety of disciplinary backgrounds. The course is built around a common core, option modules and a dissertation.

The programme is very flexible and combines the broad introduction provided by the core course, with the development management and research modules and the opportunity for students to pursue their own particular interests in their choice of option modules and in the dissertation.

This programme is particularly suited for people with professional experience in development who require a rigorous analytical training as well as for those from other backgrounds who a seeking a course of study which covers the main theoretical approaches as well as practical tools for development.

Progression rules for all POLIS MA programmes

1) Proceed to dissertation:
Students can proceed straight to dissertation if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in a minimum of 90 credits (including all compulsory modules for that programme) AND if they have an overall credit weighted average of at least 50%. If there are any failed modules then one re-sit opportunity per failed module will be offered.

2) Proceed to dissertation suspended until 1) achieved:
Students who achieve 50% or above in a minimum of 60 but fewer than 90 credits will be suspended from progressing to dissertation until after their re-sits have been taken and the criteria in 1) have been achieved. Once the student has achieved the criteria in 1) they will be allowed to progress to project at the next available opportunity which is usually in the next academic year.

3) Cannot proceed to dissertation or MA, re-registered on PG Diploma:
Students will not be allowed to proceed to dissertation or the MA, and will subsequently be re-registered on the PGDip if a pass at 50% or above is achieved in fewer than 60 credits. There will be one re-sit opportunity offered for each failed module for a maximum award of a PGDiploma to be obtained.

Year 1 - View timetable

[Learning Outcomes, Transferable (Key) Skills, Assessment]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED5764MDevelopment Management Techniques15 creditsSemester 2
PIED5766MResearch Methodology for Development15 creditsSemester 1
PIED5777MPOLIS MA Dissertation60 credits1 Sept to 30 Sept

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits of optional modules:

PIED5210MAfrica in the Contemporary World30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5213MConflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5235MEducation in Development30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5255MGender, Globalisation and Development30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5275MPolitical Economy of Resources and Development30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5456MConflict and Insurgency in Southeast Asia30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5523MInternational Political Economy30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5566MCritical Security Studies30 creditsNot running in 201718
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 1
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsSemester 2

Candidates may also study the following non-POLIS modules:

EAST5013MChinese Politics15 creditsSemester 2
EAST5015MChina's Development15 creditsSemester 2
THEO5050MReligions and Global Development30 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 16/05/2017


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