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MA Global Development and Africa

Course Description

This programme examines political, economic, and socio-cultural transformations in the Global South and interrogates the dynamics, challenges and opportunities confronting its societies – with a focus on key contemporary debates about Africa's politics, culture, society and sustainable development.

You’ll learn about the experiences and viewpoints of people and nations of the Global South regarding development issues, as well as the inter-relationships between global, national and local actors in contested strategies for development.

You’ll also review strategies, programmes and policies in development, including organisations and donors promoting development, and assess the progress made by different development actors towards key international development goals.

You’ll explore controversies at the centre of contemporary development challenges and analyse both the theories and realities of development, to understand the different approaches, practices and discourses involved.

Visit the MA Global Development and Africa page on the University of Leeds website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Adanna Ifeoma Egwuatu

1437.jpg My passion to add value to people got me interested in this course. I felt this course had just about everything I needed to enhance my prospects.

Nigeria is currently undergoing a lot of political, social and economic changes and I would love to make a positive contribution to Nigeria both on a local and international level. I chose Global Development and Africa to get myself equipped for future responsibilities with regards to development in my country.

I believe in Africa and Africans in general and believe there is a way out for Africa from the global economic disaster currently affecting the continent. I intend to be one of those who will help offer solutions. I have a desire to learn more and get equipped to help bring about positive change.

If you are just as passionate as I am to add value to lives and bring about positive change globally, this course will help enhance your skills and bring out the best in you.

I have enjoyed every aspect of my course so far, particulary the module Development Theories, Strategies and Issues has been great. It has been helpful getting to know how global financial institutions operate in the developmental process of Africa and also how the global political economy has been structured.

I have also enjoyed Democratisation and Multi-Party Politics which has helped me understand why democracy may never be consolidated in Africa, the nature of African politics and alternatives to it. Within a very short period, I have increased my understanding and I am really excited to learn more.


Entry Requirements

A good honours degree in a related discipline, a non-UK equivalent or an equivalent professional qualification. Relevant experience will also be taken into account. If English is not your first language you will also need an English language qualification, for example IELTS a minimum of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in all components.

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