You are based in the School of Global Studies.
The MA in Social Development addresses the increasing focus on social aspects of development in policy, planning and practice. Official donor agencies as well as governments and NGOs now see much of what they do as being concerned with social development, and many important concepts in development –
such as the sustainable livelihoods approach, empowerment, participation, partnership and the rights-based approach to development – are rooted in the tradition of social development.
Taught by active practitioners and research faculty within the School of Global Studies, this course provides you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills to become a social development practitioner. If you have some experience in the field, it provides opportunities to expand and deepen your knowledge.
We draw on a range of innovative teaching methods, including interactive lectures, workshops and one-to-one supervision. As part of our interdisciplinary student community you will benefit from expert teaching, a choice of options and a connection to a global network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-forprofit sectors.
The course is open to students with a first degree in any social science or humanities field, but some prior work experience is desirable.
You are assessed by 5,000-word term papers, unseen exams, a research proposal and your dissertation.
We continue to develop and update our modules for 2016 entry to ensure you have the best student experience. In addition to the course structure below, you may find it helpful to refer to the Modules tab.
Autumn term: you take two core modules: Concepts of Social Development • Theories of Development and Underdevelopment.
Summer term: you choose two options from The Architecture of Aid • Critical Debates in Environment and Development • Refugees and Development • Globalisation and Rural Change • Poverty and Inequality in the Global Economy • Activism for Development and Social Justice • Migration, Inequality and Social Change • Sexualities and Development • Women and Human Rights • Fair Trade, Ethical Business and New Moral Economies • The Global Governance of Education and Conflict • Education Policy, Planning and Development • Society and Economy in South Asia • Knowledge, Power and Resistance • Anthropology of Childhood • Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing • Transnational Migration and Diaspora.
You also take the core Research Methods and Professional Skills module, which provides training to prepare you for further research and a professional career. This module is delivered as a series of workshops, including one that prepares you for your dissertation.
Over the summer you will undertake supervised work on a 10,000-word dissertation (or dissertation with placement).
Please note that these are the core modules and options (subject to availability) for students starting in the academic year 2016.
•Concepts of Social Development
•Research Methods and Professional Skills (Int Dev)
•Theories of Development and Underdevelopment
•Activism for Development and Social Justice
•Anthropology of Childhood
•Anthropology of Reconciliation and Reconstruction
•Critical Debates in Environment and Development
•Dissertation (Social Development)
•Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies)
•Globalisation and Rural Change
•Human Rights in International Relations
•Knowledge, Power and Resistance
•Medical Anthropology: Cultural Understandings of Health and Healing
•Migration, Inequality and Social Change
•Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy
•Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses
•The Political Economy of Development
•Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives
•Women and Human Rights
The University of Sussex
aims to attract the most talented students to postgraduate study and offers one of the most generous scholarship programmes of any UK university. For full details of our scholarships please visit: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/study/money/scholarships/pgt2016/