M.Sc. Development and International Cooperation

University of Jyväskylä

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  • Free (EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 120 ECTS
Languages:
  • English
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Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Full-time

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The Master Programme in Development and International Cooperation seeks to provide graduates with intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in the world of development be this as a researcher, manager, practitioner or activist.

Within the context of the D&IC curriculum, development is understood as an arena of institutions, policies and actors mobilized by the social, economic and political realities of structural global inequality. Measures to promote development can be an expression of political solidarity with the marginalized and disenfranchised masses of humanity, but can also comprise mechanisms by which global asymmetries of wealth and power are maintained. The D&IC programme encourages students to develop analytical and practical strategies for negotiating this basic contradiction toward more just and progressive outcomes.

The Master Programme in Development and International Cooperation is a two-year (120 ects), interdisciplinary programme leading to an advanced university degree. The programme is conducted entirely in English. Successful completion of the programme (with merit) qualifies the graduate to apply for admission into a post-graduate degree programme.

The D&IC programme seeks to provide graduates with intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in the world of development be this as a researcher, manager, practitioner or activist.

Within the context of the D&IC curriculum, development is understood as an arena of institutions, policies and actors mobilized by the social, economic and political realities of structural global inequality. Measures to promote development can be an expression of political solidarity with the marginalized and disenfranchised masses of humanity, but can also comprise mechanisms by which global asymmetries of wealth and power are maintained. The D&IC programme encourages students to develop analytical and practical strategies for negotiating this basic contradiction toward more just and progressive outcomes.

Participants in the D&IC programme are enrolled in one of the following major subject areas: Education; Environmental Science; Ethnology; Philosophy, Political Science, Social and Public Policy or Sociology. Part of the programme of study is carried out in designated D&IC courses; part of the required curriculum is provided by the Major Subject areas.

Success completion of a minimum of 120 ects credits of study according to an approved Study Plan entitles the student to a Masters Degree in the specified Major Subject area, with a specialization in Development & International Cooperation.

Contents

The Masters Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation is designed to The D&IC programme seeks to provide graduates with intellectual tools and practical skills required to function creatively and effectively in the multi-faceted and contradictory world of international development cooperation.

The programme aims to:

* Broaden and deepen students understanding of international development institutions, policies, and actors from a critical, reflexive and interdisciplinary perspective;


* Provide up-to-date theoretical insights and practical skills needed to function creatively and efficiently in the international development field;


* Link academic studies with practical engagement with real-life situations and job market conditions. This goal is pursued through a compulsory three-month internship in a relevant development organization, research institution or through academic exchange with a partner university.



Programme Structure
The Masters Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation requires a minimum of two years of full-time study.

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 students Major Subject area: education, environmental science, ethnology, philosophy, political science; social work; social & public policy, and sociology.

In their third semester, students undertake a practical internship of 3 or more 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 Masters 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 Masters degrees, depending on their major subject area:

* Master of Social Science, with a specialisation in Development and International Cooperation


* Master of Education, with a specialisation in Development and International Cooperation


* Master of Science, with a specialisation in Development and International Cooperation

Requirements

Eligible applicants should:

* Have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Preference will be given to students with a major in education, environmental science, ethnology, philosophy, political science, social work, sociology, or social and public policy. However, students admitted in previous years have also completed their undergraduate studies in a variety of disciplines, including the social and natural sciences, humanities, and legal fields. Students admitted to the Masters Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation should exhibit an outstanding academic record and potential for post-graduate (doctoral) studies.


* Applicants should also demonstrate a commitment to working for positive social change. Development-related work experience is not required, but at least 1-2 years of experience is preferred. Some background in international studies or other cross-cultural experience is also an asset.


* Applicants are required to have a good command of English, both spoken and written. With the exception of those applicants having completed a Bachelors degree in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or United States, or having obtained a minimum grade of 2 in English as an A1 language or a minimum grade of 5 in English as an A2 language as part of International Baccalaureate examination, all applicants, are required to have completed one of the following language tests:



* the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): TOEFL Internet based test, minimun score 92, TOEFL Paper Based Test, minimum score 580


* International English Language Testing system (IELTS): overall band score 6,5


* Cambridge ESOL's Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): minimum grade C


* Cambridge ESOL's Certificate in Advanced English (CAE): minimum grade C


* Jyväskylä University Language Centre Test of English: This test is offered for (and only for) students applying to the international Master's degree programmes of the University of Jyväskylä, and who reside in Finland. This test option is only being offered in autumn 2011 to the first 30 qualified candidates who indicate interest. The test is evaluated according to the levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). The required minimum level is B2 on all parts of the test. For more information and registration for the test, please contact Elina Isännäinen at the International Office (elina.isannainen@jyu.fi). The deadline for registration is November 27, 2011. Please note: The test results are recognized only by the University of Jyväskylä. Consequently, you need to take one of the internationally recognized tests such as TOEFL or IELTS if you intend to apply for admissions also to other universities.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
TOEFL paper-based test score : 580
TOEFL iBT® test: 92

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