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Course content

Our Latin American Development MSc combines a thorough grounding in development theory with an in-depth study of Latin America. By exploring the contemporary and historical experiences of this region, you will develop an understanding of the deep roots of social change and the background to current development challenges and policy debates. 

Key benefits

  • Provides a multidisciplinary social scientific framework for understanding the development experiences of Latin American countries, including approaches from economics, political science, history, sociology and management studies.
  • Draws on the broader expertise within King’s and its Global Institutes.
  • Wide range of optional taught modules.
  • We accept students from a range of academic backgrounds and mid-career professionals.

Description

Our course highlights the importance of Latin America’s position in the global order, as well as the relationships between countries of the region, in shaping countries’ policy options and development outcomes. Drawing on the broader expertise within King’s Global Institutes, our MSc will also explore how the issues facing Latin America are illuminated by the experiences of emerging economies around the world. The emphasis is on understanding the ways Latin America is trying to overcome long-standing barriers to stability and prosperity. Our focus on integrating theory, data and history will develop your critical and analytical skills as you examine how Latin American countries are promoting growth and economic, social and political development in new and often innovative ways.

Course purpose

Our focus throughout the course on integrating theory, data and history will foster your critical and analytical skills as you examine how Latin American countries are promoting growth and economic, social and political development in new and often innovative ways. 

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We will teach you through a combination of lectures and seminars, and you will typically have 20 hours of this per module, though some modules may involve lab work or e-learning which would require less self-guided learning) We also expect you to undertake 180 hours of independent study for each module. For your 12,000 word dissertation, we will provide five 1-hour dissertation workshops and six contact hours hours of one-to-one or group supervision to complement your 589 hours of self-study and project work. Typically, 1 credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

The majority of modules are assessed by a 4,000-word essay; other optional modules may differ. The dissertation module is assessed by a 12,000-word essay. The study time and assessment methods detailed above are typical and give you a good indication of what to expect.

Career prospects

Our course provides you with high-quality graduate research training for seeking employment in the development sector in the UK and Latin American countries, consultancy organisations, private sector companies with global operations and government offices. It is ideal if you are an international student seeking specialist training and/or government employment.


Visit the Latin American Development - MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

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