International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) The Master of Arts in Development Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies offers a solid academic and professionally relevant training in theory and methods for development studies. It is designed for those wishing to start or continue their professional careers in the area of development. In the MA programme you learn about the most recent theories and debates. You will also learn to apply this knowledge to practical issues of development and social change.
Critical thinking MA students are encouraged to develop a critical understanding of major debates, theories and strategic interventions and of the skills to analyze the issues, and to design and assess interventions aimed at tackling these issues. An essential part of this process is to develop skills in research methodology, which will be applied in a research paper prepared as a requirement for the Masters degree.
Majors The MA Programme in Development Studies is organized into five Majors and an MA track in Migration and Diversity. You must select one of these when you apply to the MA programme. - Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES) - Economics of Development (ECD) - Governance and Development Policy (GDP) - Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies: Social Justice Perspectives (SJP) - Social Policy for Development (SPD) - Migration and Diversity Track MIG
Courses offered: – Public Policy – Public Economics – Public Policy Analysis – Introduction to Migration Studies – Risk and Vulnerability Assessment – The Global Social Challenge: Beyond Poverty and Inequality – Innovation and the Global Income Distribution – Introduction to Regions – International Trade: Theory, Policy, Environment and Development – Migration and Remittance Effects – Building Resilience and Adaptive Governance – Understanding Social Protection – Innovation and Development Patterns around the Globe – Comparative Regionalism – The Law and Policy of the World Trade Organization – Data Collection and Analysis for Migration Studies – Risk Management in Crisis Situations – Quantitative Techniques for Social Protection Policy Design – Innovation Systems in the Global Economy – Regionalism and Multi-Level Governance – International Intellectual Property Law and Policy – Comparative Migration Policy – Risk Communication – Financing Social Protection – Science, Technology and Innovation Policy – Research Seminar: Topical Issues in Comparative Regionalism – Development and Human Rights