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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Global Development and Africa

Programme code:MA-GD&AUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Jorg Wiegratz Contact address:J.Wiegratz@leeds.ac.uk

Total credits: 180

Entry requirements:

Good honours degree or equivalent. English language meeting current POLIS requirements.

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

POLIS

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

POLIS

Programme specification:

Programme Aims:

This programme combines a broad interdisciplinary insight into development theories and strategies with a specialization in the Politics and political economy of Africa. It is particularly suited for those with professional experience in development who require a rigorous analytical training. It is also well suited for those from other backgrounds who are seeking a course of study which covers the main theoretical approaches as well as insight into development.

On completion of the programme students will be able to analyse relations between the state, politics and development strategies in African since independence. Students will also be able to compare different development paths pursued within Africa and contrast these with other patterns elsewhere in the developing world. They are expected to acquire and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques required to critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in both Global Development and African Studies.

The course is built around a common core in Global Development Theory and Issues plus a core module on Africa in the Contemporary World. A second specialist module is highly recommended, and the dissertation will be on development issues related to Africa. In addition, students can choose from a wide range of development related modules. The programme is very flexible and combines the broad introduction provided by the core course, with the more specific subject matter of resources.


Distinctiveness of the programme:

This programme combines a broad interdisciplinary insight into development theories and strategies with a specialisation in the politics and political economy of Africa. It will provide students with a unique opportunity to analyse relations between the state, politics and development strategies in Africa since independence. Students will also be able to compare different development paths pursued within Africa and contrast these with other patterns elsewhere in the developing world.

This programme analyses the key structures and processes, both domestic and international which have shaped the development agenda in Africa since independence, and assesses competing contemporary prescriptions for the future development of Africa within the international system.

Through it, students are expected to acquire and demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques required to critically and creatively to evaluate current issues, research and advanced scholarship in African Studies with reference to theoretical analytical frameworks of Global 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.





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

Candidates will be required to study 180 credits.

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5210MAfrica in the Contemporary World30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2
PIED5777MPOLIS MA Dissertation60 credits1 Sept to 30 Sept

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study 60 credits from the following optional modules:

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
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5566MCritical Security Studies30 creditsNot running in 201718
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5703MComparative Public Policy15 creditsSemester 1
PIED5764MDevelopment Management Techniques15 creditsSemester 2
PIED5766MResearch Methodology for Development15 creditsSemester 1
THEO5050MReligions and Global Development30 creditsSemester 1

Last updated: 16/05/2017

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