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MA Globalisation and Development Studies


Course Description

The master’s programme in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how globalisation trends affect and interconnect different areas of the globe while marginalising others and how they produce diverse ‘local’ responses. While acknowledging the roles of the state and the market, you will examine the processes of globalisation and development ‘from the ground up’. You will look at how they are experienced in the everyday lives of families, indigenous communities, migrant diasporas, grassroots organisations and NGOs.

This programme builds on 20 years of globalisation and development teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It has a pronounced global and transnational orientation: from the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, to emancipation and empowerment, hybrid identities, transnational social and political formations, and new possibilities for transforming society. You will develop a sound knowledge basis in the concepts, theories and issues relating to globalisation and development. Using Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which is very well suited for Globalisation and Development Studies, your learning is problem-driven and theory-driven and requires students to be active rather than passive.

Visit the MA Globalisation and Development Studies page on the Maastricht University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You are eligible for admission if you have a bachelor's degree in the field of Social Sciences: Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, Economics, Political science, International Relations, Development Studies, European Studies, Liberal Arts and Sciences. Or humanities: History, Philosophy, Arts and Culture, or an equivalent level of relevant education or working experience.Furthermore, you need: a basis in globalisation and development issues. For example, a minor in Globalisation & Development from FASoS, or similar undergraduate courses; a basis in social science research methods, covering both qualitative and quantitative methods; good grades in your prior education.

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