Master; Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Helsinki The syllabus is divided into two main parts. One is comprised of studies common to all students and the other of optional studies. The goal of the common component is to bring the student systematically into the social science discourses concerning development problems and the models for their solution at the general level. It covers global structures and examples of their local manifestations, discusses development theories and their history, and introduces theories and practices of development co-operation and the basics of the relevant social theory and methodology. Optional studies give the student the opportunity to familiarize her/himself with politics, history and culture of selected countries or geographical regions and/or pursue further particular themes or approaches, such as gender, environment, sustainable development, development economics, historical perspective etc.
The main aim of Development Studies is to contribute to the understanding and explanation of development problems and looking for means for their solution. The problems are approached from several angles: theory and practice, history and the present are brought to bear on them. Global approach will be mixed with national and local ones. While development studies cannot promise definite answers, studying it will enhance the student's capacity to critical thinking.
Institute of Development Studies (IDS), Helsinki, Finland