Master of Advanced Studies in Development and Cooperation (MAS ETH DC)
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL) The Master of Advanced Studies (MAS) in Development and Cooperation offers students an inspiring environment in which they can acquire an understanding of local and global development challenges as well as the tools and methods to find innovative solutions to address them. The program combines studies at ETH with experiential learning at an international organization. This provides students with both the theoretical background and practical experience necessary to successfully pursue a career devoted to more inclusive and sustainable societies.
During the first semester, students acquire theoretical and empirical knowledge about the most pressing global and local challenges. The courses combine lectures and workshops and allow for extensive discussion between classmates and lecturers. The courses are bilingual (in German and English), multidisciplinary, and policy oriented.
In the core courses, students obtain a solid understanding of important historical, socioeconomic, political, and environmental development processes.
The first study semester is followed by a 8-10 month on-the-job training with a multilateral, bi-lateral, or non-governmental organization. This job assignment is designed to immerse students in a complex and intercultural working environment.
In the final semester, the students deepen their knowledge of specific methods and policies to address global and local development challenges. Students can select from numerous courses on methods to identify innovative solutions or on policy implementation strategies that improve the livelihoods of the poor. They link cutting-edge research with policies and practice. MAS students are given the option of taking the block course on either a full-time (during the spring semester) or part-time basis, but must complete six courses within two years.
ETH Zürich, Centre for Development and Cooperation (NADEL), Switzerland
Master of Science in Political Sciences
Department of Government, Uppsala University The Master's Programme in Political Science gives you the ability to critically examine, assess and analyse politics, international relations and development policy. The programme prepares you for a professional career as an investigator or analyst in public or private organisations at home or abroad.
Why this programme?
The Master's Programme in Politics is designed to develop your ability to critically assess conceptual and empirical problems, conduct independent problem-solving, research, and collect and process complex material. You will acquire theoretical knowledge and practical experience of examining, assessing and analysing problems in politics, international relations and development policy. You will leave with a systematic understanding of the fundamental questions of political science.
During the programme you can expect to:
- gain practical experience of examining, assessing and analysing problems in politics, international relations and development policy
- develop your methodological skills and understanding of political science
- choose between a large selection of subject-specific courses
- take part in an extensive internship programme with placements in Sweden and abroad
The programme has a strong research focus building on the internationally advanced research carried out within the department. You will benefit from a research-driven course content, a large choice of subject-specific courses and varied methods of teaching with focus on developing your theoretical and analytical skills.
Department of Government, Uppsala University, Sweden
Methods of Field Work for Peace and Development
The main purpose of this course is to develop students' abilities regarding practical field methods, bringing together theories, frameworks and methodologies from earlier modules. Students work in groups on projects proposed by local organisations, where they investigate an issue from the perspective of the local community and then present what they have found. Teaching consists of training workshops and group tutorials, where different methods for carrying out fieldwork are learned and progress in the projects are discussed. The course is handson, and the main part of the course consists of planning and carrying out interviews, participant observation and participatory workshops in a local field site. Objectives
After having completed the course students are expcted to be able to:
- present relevant methodological approaches to field studies within international development cooperation; and
- plan, implement and report field studies built on insights and knowledge about relevant methodological approaches.
The course is given within the Master programme of Peace and Development Work, and as an elective course at advanced level.
Deadline for Applications: 15 August
(Some courses and programmes will accept late applications.)
Peace and Development Studies, Department for Social Studies, Linnaeus University (LNU), Sweden
Interaction Design, Master's Programme (One-Year)
School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö Interaction design concerns the design of digital artifacts and digitally mediated communication, with a focus on use experience.
Interaction design is a rapidly changing discipline, and we maintain the relevance of our education by working with real-world design cases and external clients including local industry partners and cultural and civic organisations. Navigating a shifting design landscape also requires the critical mind-set of a scholar, and we foster reflective design by teaching research skills and involving students in active research projects.
This one-year interaction design programme trains students to respond to unprecedented societal needs and professional challenges, teaching the practical, theoretical and critical skills necessary for designing relations between humans and technologies. With small classes of individuals from all over the world, students will become part of an interdisciplinary group exploring how interaction design methods and approaches can respond to the complex times in which we live.
Students enter the programme with different kinds of expertise, from art and design to engineering and social sciences. Upon graduation, they will have built a strong understanding of how their particular skills can be applied to interaction design and how these merge with the specialities of their fellow designers. Students will be ideally situated to work within industry, the public sector, or as researchers.
This one-year programme is the first segment of the two-year Interaction Design master’s programme. Students have the option to transfer to the two-year master’s programme at any stage.
School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö, Sweden
Intercultural Communication and International Development MA
Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID) The world needs developers who can communicate across cultural boundaries and bring people together. You'll learn best practice for effective communication at work across a wide range of cultural groups, and develop your communication skills in more than one language.
This interdisciplinary course is designed to produce international development practitioners with advanced intercultural communication skills. You'll develop a critical understanding of the role culture and communication play in international development. You’ll also learn the theory and practice of intercultural communication and international development, and how to apply these to real-life situations.
You'll develop essential skills in ethnographic research and form systematic approaches to understanding others’ perspectives. This course will help you develop an intercultural lens on the world’s most pressing problems. The course includes a ten-day field class overseas that provides hands-on experience of research.
- In a global society based on fairness, everyone’s voice should be heard. The world needs developers who can communicate across cultural boundaries and bring people together. As a graduate of this course, you’ll be well placed to make a difference.
- This course is highly flexible – through optional modules you’ll have a variety of ways to develop your language skills and interests.
Sheffield Institute for International Development (SIID), United Kingdom
Technology Innovation for Sustainable Development
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Technology innovation can be a great enabler for development in low and middle-income countries. This course presents a methodology and an approach to develop impactful innovations that have the power to foster sustainable development. Whether you are from an industrialized or a developing country, whether you are employed in a company, an NGO, an international organization or a government. Whether you are an academic, an independent entrepreneur, or simply a passionate individual, this course is for you. You will learn how, as an innovator, you can help solve important issues that burden those living in poverty. Through practical examples, we will demonstrate how you can take your initiative from a blank sheet of paper through to large-scale deployment of your technology innovation. This course is not just about coming up with a nice idea, or designing a nice prototype, but more importantly, about sustainably deploying it at large scale. It fosters an entrepreneurial approach, as you will learn how to design business models that are relevant to address development-related challenges. It encourages co-creating the solution with the key stakeholders involved, including the affected populations. Coming-up with solutions that are more affordable and more durable, that require less use of consumables and electricity while still being economically viable, concerns all of us, and not just the people living in poverty. There is no previous knowledge required.
What you'll learn
- Determine how contextual factors influence technology development and deployment.
- Create innovative technologies that sustainably impact poverty.
- Lead a technology innovation process -from initial concept to product scale-up- maximizing impact and minimizing risk.
- Evaluate alternative business models for technologies intended to impact poverty.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
A Resilient Future: Science and Technology for Disaster Risk Reduction
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) Discover how science and technology help us reduce disaster risk and increase resilience.
This course aims to introduce participants to existing and emerging technologies suitable for disaster risk reduction while promoting the overall aim of sustainable development. The course focuses on three main natural hazards- floods, landslides and earthquakes. It also discusses the challenges and limits of adapting and adopting technologies depending on context (Global North and Global South) with examples from Switzerland, Nepal, Colombia, Philippines and other countries.
Participants will be able to:
- Explain Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) related concepts and science and technology for DRR.
- Identify and describe existing and emerging technologies for landslide and flood reduction.
- Explain methodological tools to assess vulnerabilities and risk and strengthen the resilience of communities at risk of landslides, floods and earthquakes.
- Exemplify the role and the challenges of science and technological innovations for disaster risk reduction in an interdisciplinary manner including the importance of social aspects.
- Recognize some of the actors active in DRR and international policy frameworks and technology for DRR.
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
BA Geography and International Development With a Foundation Year
School of International Development, University of East Anglia (DEV) You will start your degree with a foundation year to help you develop the skills and knowledge you will need to succeed, exploring global challenges, such as migration, HIV/AIDS and population growth, and being supported to learn and study effectively. You will have the chance to get a taste of previously unknown areas of study and you’ll be actively encouraged to develop your own scholarly interests, so when you successfully finish your foundation year, you’ll be perfectly placed to progress to Year 1. Although registered on the BA Geography and International Development degree, successful completion of the foundation year allows entry to any of the interdisciplinary undergraduate degree pathways in the School of International Development (DEV).
After your foundation year, you will study specialised human and social geography modules such as Geographies of Development, People and Place and Urban Geographies. At the same time, you will be able to select modules dedicated to the development of regions of the world such as Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America, and a range of complementary options from related disciplines including anthropology, politics, economics, environmental studies and media.
Fieldwork and field courses are a vital part of the degree. In addition to field-work elements in a number of the taught modules, we have a weekend residential trip in Year 1 and a longer trip in either the UK or overseas. In Year 3, you’ll have the opportunity to gain hands on experience through your dissertation research and/or Development Work Experience module.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia (DEV), United Kingdom
School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö Interaction design is an exciting field at the leading edge of technology innovation. Interaction designers aim to create experiences with products, services and environments which are not just useful and usable, but very often pleasurable, expressive and desirable. Learning interaction design is a matter of building a repertoire of methods, skills and theoretical perspectives. Importantly, you also develop a sensitivity to the critical role of stakeholders in design, the implications of design in society and your own sense of interaction aesthetics.
Innovative, considered and well-executed design adds value to products and services. Interaction designers seek to understand the people and situations they are designing for, and, drawing on their mastery of interactive technology and forms of interactivity, design artefacts and experiences to improve situations.
During the programme, we will conduct extensive research, sketch, prototype and test — not just to get the right design, but to get the design right. Designers very often take the role of advocate for the user, and are skilled in mediating complex issues and relationship with stakeholders involved in the design and production process.
School of Arts and Communication, University Malmö, Sweden
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