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|Start date:||September 2015|
|Credits (ECTS):||120 ECTS|
|Duration full-time:||24 months|
|Delivery mode:||On Campus|
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Within the context of the D&IC curriculum, ’development’ is understood as an arena of institutions, policies and actors mobilized by the political, economic and social realities of structural global inequality. Measures to promote development 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 in their everyday working lives. Graduates of the programme 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.
The core learning process of the D&IC curriculum is the production of an acceptable Master’s Thesis. The MA thesis is a significant bit of independent research carried out under the supervision of one or more senior faculty members. Students are enrolled in, and submit their theses to one of the programme’s major subject areas: Education; Ethnology; Philosophy; Political Science; Social and Public Policy; or Sociology. Part of the compulsory credits to be completed for the MA degree, accrue from designated D&IC courses; part of the required curriculum is provided by the Major Subject areas.
During their first year of study, students participate in an intensive programme of lecture courses and seminars, often involving small-scale project work. The second year of study focuses on writing the MA thesis and also provides an opportunity for an academic exchange at one of Jyväskylä’s international partner universities. In addition to basic academic work, the programme involves a compulsory practical internship in a development organization or research institution. The internship is an integral part of the curriculum, and is intended to relate directly to the student’s MA thesis project. Students are encouraged to undertake their internship during the break between the first and second academic years. Successful completion of a minimum of 120 ECTS credits of study, including the MA thesis, entitles the student to a Master’s Degree in the specified Major Subject area, with a specialization in Development & International Cooperation.
Three of the four semesters of study imply residence on campus in Jyväskylä. The first two semesters are dedicated to basic academic studies in interdisciplinary Development Studies, coupled with elective courses in the student’s Major Subject area: education, ethnology, philosophy, political science, social & public policy, and sociology.
In their third semester, students undertake a practical internship of a minimum of 3 months, often in a developing country, with a relevant organization dedicated to development or development research. The final semester involves supervised write-up of a Master’s thesis in the Major Subject area.
Studies are comprised of lectures, seminars, workshops and participatory practical exercises provided by Finnish and international academics and expert practitioners. The working language of the programme is English.
Upon completion of the Master's thesis, students are awarded one of the following Master’s degrees, depending on their major subject area:
The Master’s Programme consists of seven (7) modules of advanced level studies.
1. Academic skills 20 cr
2. Understanding Development 15cr
3. Tools for Research and Action 15
4. Working life, 10 cr
5. Master's thesis, 30-40 cr
6. Major subject studies, credits vary
7. Elective studies, credits vary
MINIMUM REQUIRED ECTS 120