This course focuses on the political development goals of sustainable peace, good governance and stable democracy. Drawing on different theoretical approaches and various empirical examples throughout the degree programme, it asks students to critically assess alternative suggestions for establishing peace and inclusive, durable democracies in developing countries.
Key topics include inter alia the possible definitions, arguable causes and consequences of democracy; the political, social and economic effects of different political institutions; and the typically contested origins of violent intrastate conflicts as well as the suggestions that have been made to help overcome them.
The course adopts a unique interdisciplinary approach which is grounded in the acknowledgment that it is extremely difficult to meet international development targets in states experiencing endemic political instability, violent civil conflict, gross human rights abuses and acute crises of governance.
“My experience has been a very positive one. The lecturers are extremely knowledgeable and supportive, and I liked being able to integrate modules with different specialities.” - MA Conflict, Governance and International Development
“I am proud to be a product of this department because the skills acquired are being applied in my present position at the United Nations. Due to my training at UEA, I now understand the complexities of the role of the media, especially in peacekeeping operations in the world.” - Public Information Officer, United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission, DR Congo
"I am really applying what I studied at UEA to my job, especially about communication for development. So most of the time when am working I remember our classes and smile." - Assistant Communication Officer, UNICEF, Nairobi.
School of International Development, University of East Anglia – Postgraduate Scholarships
Funding for postgraduate study is available both from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and from a number of external schemes. Applicants should note that many award schemes have early closing dates and may require the acceptance of the offer of a place as a condition of eligibility. If you wish to apply for funding you are therefore strongly advised to apply to the School of International Development as early as possible in the year of entry. Please indicate in your application that you wish to be considered for an award.The School of International Development, within the Faculty of Social Sciences at UEA, has an excellent research and teaching profile with strong international links to institutes, organisations, international networks and research councils both throughout Europe and globally.
Value of Scholarship(s)
Award value usually for duration of the period of study and may vary for individual Scholarships
A variety of Scholarships and Bursaries may be offered to Home/EU and International students. These are usually awarded to students on the basis of academic merit.
For full details about how to apply and application deadlines for individual Courses, Scholarships and Funding opportunities specifically available to you, please visit the link below.