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2020/21 Taught Postgraduate Programme Catalogue

MA Global Development and International Political Economy

Programme code:MA-GD&IPEUCAS code:
Duration:12 Months Method of Attendance: Full Time
Programme manager:Dr Lisa Thorley Contact

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:

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:

The programme will help prepare students for the intellectual cutting edge that is emerging at the intersection of global development and international political economy.

In recent years, there has been a growing awareness of the ways in which globalisation shapes national strategies in all countries and several existing UK MA programmes place an emphasis on this aspect, such as the MA Globalisation and Development programmes at Warwick and Sussex. At the same time, there have been growing criticisms that field of international political economy has paid too little attention to the insights from development studies. One of the most respected IPE scholars in the field, Harvard's Robert Keohane, recently listed the need to become more aware of developments in the global south and the need to pay greater attention to global actors as two of the greatest challenges facing IPE.

Since these weaknesses of IPE are strengths of Development Studies, an MA that combines international political economy and global development studies would enable students to benefit from the complementary strengths of these two fields and develop a unique perspective not just on global development, but the international political economy itself. Indeed, both past IPE students who have taken development modules and development students who have take IPE modules have commented favourably on how the two fields complement each other.

At the end of the programme students should:
- have demonstrated in-depth, specialist knowledge and mastery of techniques relevant to the discipline and/or to demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of concepts, information and techniques at the forefront of the discipline;
- exhibited mastery in the exercise of generic and subject-specific intellectual abilities;
- demonstrated a comprehensive understanding of techniques applicable to their own research or advanced scholarship;
- taken a proactive and self-reflective role in working and to develop professional relationships with others;
- proactively formulated ideas and hypotheses and developed, implemented and executed plans by which to evaluate these;
- critically and creatively evaluated current issues, research and advanced scholarship in Global Development and International Political Economy;
- developed an understanding into the ways in which international political economy and global development studies are complementary and contrasting fields.

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]

Compulsory modules:

Candidates will be required to study the following compulsory modules:

PIED5256MGlobal Inequalities and Development30 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug
PIED5523MInternational Political Economy30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5800MDissertation60 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug

Optional modules:

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

FOAH5000MEngaging the Modern City: The Civic Researcher30 credits1 Jan to 31 Aug
PIED5202MGlobal Politics of Health30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5255MGender, Globalisation and Development30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5275MPolitical Economy of Resources and Development30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5400MThe Rise of China30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5501MThe Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5547MPopular Culture: World politics, Society and Culture30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug
PIED5578MTheoretical Approaches in International Relations30 credits1 Jan to 31 May
PIED5626MGlobal Justice30 credits1 Apr to 31 Aug

Last updated: 06/08/2020 16:22:35


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