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MLitt Devolution and Global Governance


Course Description

Scotland has had a devolution process devoid of civil conflict. What can we learn from the Scottish experience that can be applied to similar processes in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East? How can the Scottish experiment be sustained and what challenges will politicians, administrators, civil society agents and citizens face in the future? Leading international and Scottish academics and practitioners face these questions in an intensive, practice-orientated, course designed for researchers, professional development and activists.

Why study Devolution & Global Governance at Dundee?

The dissolution of political power and the creation of new forms of governance is a global phenomenon, where the Scottish experience of a peaceful, civil process is not unique, but is remarkable, where there are lessons to be learned from that process that speak to state and inter-state relations, governance and collective action in civil society.

In the MLitt Devolution and Global Governance we explore the lessons of Scotland's experience of devolution and the debate on independence. Scotland has had a devolution process devoid of civil conflict.

What can we learn from the Scottish experience that can be applied to similar processes in Africa, Eastern Europe and the Middle East? How can the Scottish experiment be sustained and what challenges will politicians, administrators, civil society agents and citizens face in the future? Leading international and Scottish academics and practitioners face these questions in an intensive practice-orientated set of qualifications designed for researchers, professional development and activists.

What's so good about Devolution & Global Governance at Dundee?

As a legacy to the 5 Million Questions project, and with the intellectual support of the Centre for Scottish Culture and the Scottish Centre for Global History, this course builds on core strengths of the University of Dundee, and the distinctive role of this university within Scotland, to examine global issues of governance.

An intense, week-long symposium of 'master classes' is offered which features invited researchers and practitioners, split between those whose expertise lies within Scotland and those who work in other parts of the world.

We have organised Devolution & Global Governance so you can study for full-time masters degree (MLitt), taking 12 months, or smaller components of Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate, which can be studied full- or part- time. Some of the optional modules are also available by distance learning.

Who should study this course?

This course is directed towards administrators and practitioners of global governance, and also recent graduates who are looking to advance their career prospects in this area, and undertake advanced professional training including doctoral research preparation.

How you will be taught

This course is co-ordinated by History staff based in the School of Humanities, also teaching on the course are external researchers and practioners. The teaching takes place during two semesters Sept-Dec and Jan-Apr, plus the week-long symposium which takes place in April/May. The group work case study takes from May/June-Aug.

A variety of teaching methods are used, including: small group teaching, supervised study of case studies, plus invited speakers who will hold mastersclasses during the week-long symposium.

studies, plus invited speakers who will hold mastersclasses during the week-long symposium.

What you will study

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

The Postgraduate Certificate is made up of 40-credits from taught modules during the semesters Sept-Dec and Jan-Apr from the list below, plus the week-long symposium which is worth 20 credits.

Scottish National Identities since 1807 (20 credits, distance learning)
Scotland before the Union (20 credits, distance learning)
The Scottish Highlands and Islands - Clearances and Land Settlement (20 credits, distance learning)
Introduction to Historical Theory (20 credits, distance learning)
Government in Early Modern Scotland (40 credits, on campus)
Revolution, Civil War and Nationalism: The Historiography and Politics of Irish State Formation, 1912-2005 (40 credits, on campus)
From Jim Crow to Black Power: The African American Freedom Struggle, 1945-1980 (40 credits, on campus)
Human Rights in International Relations (40 credits, on campus)
Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism in Europe (40 credits, on campus)
International Security of Drugs & Organised Crime (40 credits, on campus)
International Business Strategy (20 credits, on campus)
Global Risk Analysis (20 credits, on campus)
Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

The Postgraduate Diploma is made up of three components:

1 - Governance Modules

Two taught modules, one in each semester, which are taught on campus:

Civil Society & Governance (30 credits, on campus)
Governing Scotland (30 credits, on campus)
2 - Week-long symposium

A week-long symposium of masterclasses in April/May.

3 - Other taught modules

Forty credits from other taught modules, as per the Postgraduate Certificate (see above).

Masters (180 credits)

Students wishing to take the Masters complete the Postgraduate Diploma (above) and then spend the summer period (May/June-Aug) working on a group-work case study, worth 60 credits.

In exceptional circumstances, students may be permitted to work on an individual dissertation instead.

All students must attempt the dissertation. Students whose dissertation fails to satisfy the examiners will be awarded the PG Diploma, provided that the taught elements of the course have been successfully completed.

Careers

This programme of study is directed toward those who wish to pursue a career within civil society organizations and within local, devolved, and national administrations. The advanced knowledge and practitioner led skills will help you pursue and advance your employment within international bodies and funding agencies, development agencies, NGOs and multinational companies. Sophisticated conceptual analysis and case study training will benefit those who seek professional development within their current employment.

Learn more about careers related to the Humanities on our Careers Service website.

Visit the MLitt Devolution and Global Governance page on the University of Dundee website for more details!

Entry Requirements

You will normally be expected to have a 2:1 honours degree in a relevant discipline. Applicants with alternative qualifications and/or relevant experience may also be considered.IELTS of 7.0 overall, with no component less than 7.0 (or equivalent), if your first language is not English. Please check our Language Requirements page for details of equivalent grades from other test providers, and information about the University of Dundee English Language courses.

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