This course examines contemporary and established analytical and conceptual frameworks relating to poverty, conflict analysis and the reconstruction of conflict and disaster-affected societies. It looks at policies and practices, by which individuals, communities and organisations seek to reduce poverty, understand conflict and initiate humanitarian interventions.
Aims of the Programme
• Provide participants with an opportunity to deepen their critical understanding of key theoretical and practical issues relating to poverty analysis and reduction, conflict analysis and reconstruction; • Provide participants with a thorough conceptual framework and the skills necessary to critically analyse key theoretical and practical issues relating to poverty, conflict and reconstruction and make judgements about related policies and their implementation; • Provide critical insights into the key strategies, policies and practices currently employed to promote development and poverty reduction • Develop professionally-oriented skills related to formulating, investigating and implementing different practical approaches to poverty, conflict and reconstruction; • Provide a wide range of options for advanced training in areas of specialist expertise relevant to poverty, conflict and reconstruction; • 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 the field of poverty, conflict and reconstruction, 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.