International Development: Social Policy and Social Development MA

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  • Objectives
    This programme aims to enhance analytical and critical skills in key theoretical and practical aspects of social policy and social development. It provides an opportunity to examine existing welfare policies, and develop professional skills in the formulation and implementation of social policies through the critical assessment of relevant research and analytical techniques. The programme is intended for social science graduates or for public sector personnel involved in social policy formulation and implementation as well as NGO personnel concerned with policy advocacy and social development project implementation and teachers and researchers in social work and social policy.
  • Entry requirements
    This programme is intended for graduates in any of the social sciences and with a strong interest in understanding processes of change, transition and social and economic development; or mid-career professionals working in the voluntary, private, or public sectors. The programme is well suited to those involved in policy formulation and implementation, advocacy, and management of development projects and programmes. Career prospects are wide-ranging, including research, teaching and administration in civil society organisations, NGOs, government, and the private sector.
  • Academic title
    International Development: Social Policy and Social Development MA
  • Course description
    Special features

    An integral feature of this programme is overseas field study, which in previous years has included a visit to Brazil, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Barbados, the Philippines, Mexico or Cuba. The cost of the visit is included in the programme fee. In addition, participants may undertake research visits to government and non-government agencies as well as other universities within the UK.

    Module details

    Core course units typically include:

    -Perspectives on Development
    -Development Research
    -Social Development: Analysis and Policy
    -Comparative Social Policy

    Optional course units may include:

    -Poverty and Livelihoods
    -NGO Management and Strategy
    -Politics and Development
    -International Planning
    -Negotiating Informality and Diverse Urbanisms in Southern Towns and Cities
    -Political Economy of Development
    -Planning and Managing Development
    -Conflict Analysis
    -Postcolonial Societies
    -Environment and Development
    -Reconstruction and Development
    -Micro Finance
    -ICTs and Socio-Economic Development.

    Availability of optional units may vary from year to year.

    Core courses for the RT route typically include:

    -Social Development: Analysis and Policy
    -Comparative Social Policy
    -Perspectives on Development
    -Methodology and Research Design
    -Qualitative Research Methods
    -Introduction to Quantitative Methods

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