Sustainable development requires innovative strategies, new conceptual and practical tools and holistic policies. We provide students with a theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of global social, economic and environmental change, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to promote sustainable local development in the context of globalisation.We aspire to a pioneering approach comparing innovations in South and North, while focusing on the global circulation of development strategies.
The Master in International Development Studies is designed for students with a strong background in social sciences (e.g. Geography, Regional Planning, Anthropology, Economics, Political Science, International Relations, Development, etc.) and an interest in addressing development issues critically. A general introduction to international debates on “development” and its governance will form the basis for addressing major challenges to sustainable local development from theory to practice. Multi-level case studies from development programmes and projects in Africa, South-East Asia, Latin America, Pacific, Indian Ocean and Europe will be used to assess the possibilities and limits of transferring strategies and tools from one regional context to another.
The programme comprises one year of post-graduate studies (60 ECTS), starting in September. It consists of 8 interactive courses followed by an internship within a host organization and the writing of a Master dissertation.
Alternation of lectures, seminars, workshops, team work presentations, reports, occasional field trips, guest speakers.
The three central courses of the programme focus on social environmental and economic sustainable development issues. Every course includes introductive lectures, giving an insight into facts, theories and concepts, as well as two seminars, focusing on project related strategies and tools.
Applicants should have a minimum qualification equivalent to four years of French university studies. All applicants are expected to have a solid background in the field of international development studies. As students must be able to read textbooks, understand lectures, take part in classroom discussions and undertake written work in English, English B2 (upper intermediate) language proficiency has to be shown by one of the following:
French students are legally exempted from these proficiency certificates. Their English language knowledge will be evaluated by the admissions committee. Applications will be carefully evaluated by the admissions committee. The committee assesses the quality of each application compared to the other applications received.
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