Development Studies (MA)
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
Development and International Cooperation (MA)
Master; Development and International Cooperation, University of Jyväskylä Master's Degree Programme in Development and International Cooperation
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 Master’s Degree in the specified Major Subject area, with a specialization in Development & International Cooperation.
Development and International Cooperation, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
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