This course focuses on the analysis of management, planning and policy-making aspects of the development process. It is designed for social science graduates, or for those working in institutions such as central and local government, parastatal organisations, non-governmental organisations and multilateral or bilateral aid agencies involved in the management of development activities in developing countries. It aims to blend theory and practice and seeks to explain policy behaviour through an integrated approach, drawing on a range of disciplinary perspectives.
Aims of the programme
• Provide an opportunity for participants to deepen their understanding of management, planning and policy-making in economic, social and political spheres of development; • Provide participants with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to analyse effectively the relationships between development management and development processes • Develop professionally-oriented skills related to formulating, investigating and implementing different forms of development management; • Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to development and management; • Develop advanced competencies in transferable areas, including developing reasoned arguments, gathering, organising and using evidence and information from a wide variety of sources, undertaking both team-based and independent work to deadlines, and both written and verbal forms of communication • Assist students in developing their specialist area of expertise within development management, and applying their understanding and skills through supervised individual research culminating in a dissertation.
An overseas field visit is an integral part of the programme. The cost of the visit is covered by the course fee. Recent fieldtrip locations have included Uganda, Ghana, Sri Lanka and India.