Global Development (Africa), M.A.

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  • 12 months
    Duration
  • Tuition
    16000
    Tuition (Year)
    7500
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  • English (take IELTS)
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MA Global Development and Africa provides you with up-to-date knowledge and an in-depth understanding of key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development.
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About

This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

You’ll explore controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Programme Structure

Core modules examine key issues surrounding global development, such as markets, inequality, democratisation, gender, health, education, human rights, conflict, violence and crime. You’ll also learn about various aspects of development practice, like the theoretical and analytical principles of Project Cycle Management. Additionally, you’ll hone your research and writing skills and then showcase them in your compulsory dissertation – an independent piece of research on a topic of your choice.

These modules will equip you to analyse, understand and discuss the major changes, problems and opportunities facing societies and people in the Global South. You’ll study some of the broader social, political, and economic causes of the problems, and the achievements and setbacks that people have experienced in their efforts to tackle them at the global, national and local levels and improve their societies and lives. You’ll learn to analyse, understand, and discuss development in the Global South in the 2010s in all its dynamism, complexity and significance.

The wide-ranging list of optional modules means that you can explore a diverse range of related subjects of interest to you, including natural resources struggles, global health, gender and globalisation, education, international political economy or issues related to Africa and China.

If you are a part-time student, you can choose how to spread your studies across two years. However, we recommend that you at least take your compulsory modules in your first year, and you have to take the compulsory dissertation module in your second year.

Compulsory Modules

Africa in the Contemporary World examines development strategies in Africa since independence. You will consider the key elements of the development process and assess options for the future. We compare African nations with other areas of the developing world.

Global Inequalities and Development provides you with an understanding of why and how the world’s inequalities produce advantages and disadvantages in development. You will cover economic, social, and political inequalities to lay the foundation for discussions about poverty, dispossession, food, environment and aid. You will also explore how social movements in the global south claim rights and thereby challenge global inequalities.

Global Development and Africa Dissertation examines research design, different research methods, and techniques of data collection and analysis to help you prepare for your dissertation. Your dissertation will be a 10,000 word piece of research of a theoretical or empirical nature that illuminates an aspect of human and sustainable development in Africa.

Optional Modules

You will also be required to study between two and four of the following optional modules:

- Conflict, Complex Emergencies and Global Governance
- Democracy and Development
- Development Management Techniques
- Education in Development
- Gender, Globalisation and Development
- Global Justice
- Global Politics of Health: Power and Inequity
- International Political Economy
- Political Economy of Resources and Development
- Research Methodology for Development
- The Politics of the Israel-Palestine Conflict
- The Rise of China
- Chinese Politics
- China’s Development
- Religions and Global Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

A 2.1 honours degree or equivalent in a relevant subject area e.g. development studies, sociology, social policy, geography.
A minimum IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with at least 6 in all components.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 16000 International
  • EUR 7500 EU/EEA

Funding

Please see the University of Leeds websiteand the School of Politics and International Studies website.

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