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2017/18 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Global Development and Africa Part-time

Programme code:MA-GD&APUCAS code:
Duration:24 Months Method of Attendance: Part 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:

The School of Politics and International Studies

Examination board through which the programme will be considered:

The School of Poliotics and International Studies Examination Board

Programme specification:

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.


Year 1 - View timetable

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

Part-time students are recommended to take their compulsory modules in the first year and write their dissertation in the second year, but more flexible arrangements can be discussed with the School on an individual basis.

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

Optional modules:

Candidates will be required to study a total of 60 credits from the following optional modules over years one and two:

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
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 1
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


Year 2 - View timetable

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

Compulsory modules:

You are required to study the below compulsory module

PIED5777MPOLIS MA Dissertation60 credits1 Sept to 30 Sept

Optional modules:

Any of the below compulsory modules not previously studied (in year one) must be undertaken.

PIED5210MAfrica in the Contemporary World30 creditsSemester 2
PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 creditsSemesters 1 & 2

Candidates will be required to study a total of 60 credits from the following optional modules over years one and two:

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
PIED5569MCounterterrorism30 creditsSemester 1
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

Please note that you cannot study the same module twice.

Last updated: 16/05/2017

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