Graduates of the Development and International Cooperation programme at University of Jyväskylä will have acquired the intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in both global and local development contexts. This comprises an ability to identify the interests associated with various actors in concrete development arenas; to understand the range of resources and capacities available to competing and collaborating actors; to critically assess the aims expressed in development policy texts and documents; and to grasp the complex relationship between policy and reality.
Interdisciplinary curriculum of D&IC includes different theoretical, methodological and thematic contents that aim to provide both in-depth understanding of the phenomenon of ‘development’, and familiarity with a wide range of analytical and research skills.
Courses available in three different faculties ensure possibility to learn variety of approaches. In the context of D&IC 'development' is understood as an arena of institutions, policies and actors mobilized by the political, economic and social realities of structural global inequality and by the global socio-material challenges related to environment. Measures to promote development, such as development projects, can be an expression of solidarity with the marginalized and disenfranchised masses of humanity, but can also comprise mechanisms by which global asymmetries of wealth and power are produced and maintained.
‘Development' is thus understood as an intrinsically contradictory endeavor. Successful completion of the D&IC programme will enable students, who are committed to more just and progressive development outcomes, to develop analytical and practical strategies for negotiating this basic contradiction, and to understand the multiple perceptions of development in their everyday working lives.The internship and MA thesis project as integral parts of the curriculum provide unique opportunities to develop both analytical and practical competencies.
Tuition fees will be introduced only for non-EU/EEA students in Finland from August 2017 onwards. The fees will concern non-EU/EEA degree students who start their studies in English-taught Master's degree programmes in August 2017 or after that at the University of Jyväskylä.
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