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Sustainable development requires innovative strategies, new conceptual and practical tools and holistic policies. This one year masters programme in International Development Studies taught in English provides 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.
This Masters programme is a full one year option within the masters speciality Innovation et territoire of the geographical department at Joseph Fourier University in Grenoble, France.
Our rapidly changing world has a growing need for professionals with international experience, able to formulate innovative policy proposals. Our students will find employment in the fields of development cooperation and regional/local planning, within government departments and agencies, supranational and multilateral development organisations, non-profit organisations, as well as in the corporate sector. We also actively support students wishing to continue with a PhD thesis.
An integrated, interdisciplinary, comparative approach
This masters programme 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 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 or field research in a developing or transition country and the writing of a Master dissertation. Upon successful completion of this programme, students receive a Master of Social and Human Sciences, Sciences du Territoire (Local Planning and Development).
SEMESTRE 3 (30 ECTS)
SEMESTRE 4 (30 ECTS)
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:
- TOEFL score of at least 87 (internet based) - IELTS score of at least 5.5 (internet based) - Cambridge/Oxford Advanced Certificate of Proficiency - A degree from a university where English is the language of instruction 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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