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MA Postcolonial Politics (Specialist)


Course Description

Postcolonial
 Politics is
 one
 of
 the
 most
 exciting
 areas
 in
 the
 study
 of
 global
 relationships.
 It
 challenges 
conventional 
thinking 
about
 international 
politics
 by 
questioning 
the
 fundamental
 assumptions
 about
 the
 world
 that
 underpin
 the
 contemporary
 global
 order.
 Indeed,
 it invites
 us
 to
 imagine
 the
 world
 from
 another
 perspective
 entirely.
 Drawing
 on
 the 
disciplines 
of 
history,
 cultural
 studies, 
sociology,
 area
 studies
 and
 anthropology,
 postcolonial
 politics
 brings
 an
 interdisciplinary
 approach
 to
 understanding
 power
 and
 inequality
 in
 the
 social
 world
 and
 on
 a
 global
 scale.
 It
 also
 stretches
 beyond
 the
 intellectual
 compartments
 of
 ‘the
 west’
 and
 ‘the
 rest’,
 to
 look
 for
 continuities
 and
 global
 interactions
 especially
 those
 steeped
 in
 the
 experience 
of 
colonialism
–
in
 the
 past
 and in 
the
 present.
 It starts from the assumption that although formal colonialism may be a thing of the past, its legacies continue, both in the form of practices such as aid, development, state-building, immigration policies and intervention and in more subtle ways.

Visit the website: https://courses.aber.ac.uk/postgraduate/postcolonial-politics-masters/

Suitable for

This degree will suit you:

-If you want to study Postcolonial Politics at Masters level
-If you wish to develop a critical appreciation postcolonial politics
-If you wish to nurture a career in politics
-If you desire formal recognition of skills highly sought-after by any postgraduate employer

Course detail

Aberystwyth is
 at 
the 
forefront 
of 
research
 and
 teaching
 in
 the
 field, with a number of internationally renowned faculty in this area.
 Our degree scheme, the
 first
 Masters
 programme
 in
 Postcolonial
 Politics established
 here
 in
 1999 and developed continuously since,
 remains
 unique.
 Indeed, it is now increasingly relevant in the context of current moves in international relations to examine the potential of non-Western and decolonial approaches and the possibilities of provincialising Europe. These perspectives are no longer marginal to the study of world politics, but situated at the heart of cutting-edge critical approaches. They provide key tools for those who wish to go on to make their contribution in both academic study and practical engagement in international politics in a postcolonial world.

Format

During the first two semesters you will normally take one two-hour seminar per module per week. You will also have contact with academic staff through participation in research groups, attendance in departmental research seminars and masters workshops and through staff office hours (two one hour sessions per week). There will also be additional sessions working towards developing your master’s dissertation. During semester three you will arrange your level of contact time with your assigned supervisor.

Assessment

Assessment will be through a combination of essays and dissertation. It may, depending on the modules chosen, include seminar presentations, review essays and literature searches.

Employability

Every course at Aberystwyth University is designed to enhance your vocational and general employability. Your Masters will place you in the jobs market as a highly-trained political specialist with a strength in depth of knowledge on vital subjects such as the assumptions, theories and practices that have defined traditional studies of relations between developed and underdeveloped states, and the alternative conceptualisation provided by a postcolonial perspective on international relations. You will also graduate with a wealth of postgraduate-level skills which are transferable into any workplace. In addition, the prestige of a masters from the Department of International Politics will open doors for you into workplaces in every industry.

Graduates from the programme regularly go on to hold key posts in institutions throughout the world for example, working for NGOs in development and other areas, or careers as diplomats in foreign offices. Many others have gone on to doctoral study and academic work. Many alumni are now well established figures in their own right, as their own web sites testify. See for example: Megan Daigle, recently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden; Carl Death, Senior Lecturer in International Political Economy, The University of Manchester; Madeleine Fagan, Institute of Advanced Studies Global Research Fellow at Warwick University, UK; Owain Llyr ap Gareth, Campaigns and Research Officer with the Electoral Reform Society; Sara Ababneh, Assistant Professor, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan; Aoileann Ni Mhurchu, Lecturer in International Politics, The University of Manchester; Elizabeth Wheatley, Lecturer in the School of Politics and Global Studies at Arizona State University.

Key Skills and Competencies

- Study Skills
Alongside the wealth of world-class critical expertise, you will master highly desirable skills in academic research, analysis, argument-formation, presentation and debate. You will also prove your abilities in reflection and self-improvement; you will be able to identify your academic weaknesses and remove them whilst building on your strengths.

- Self-Motivation and discipline
Studying at Masters level requires discipline and self-motivation from every candidate. You will have access to the expertise and helpful guidance of departmental staff, but you are ultimately responsible for devising and completing a sustained programme of scholarly research in pursuit of your Master’s degree. This process of independent study at an extremely high level will strengthen your skills as an independent and self-sufficient worker, a trait prized by most employers.

- Transferable Skills
The International Relations Masters programme is designed to give you a range of transferable skills that you can apply in a variety of employment contexts. Upon graduation, you will have proven your abilities in structuring and communicating ideas efficiently, writing for and speaking to a range of audiences, evaluating and organizing information, working effectively with others and working within time frames and to specific deadlines.

Find out how to apply here https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/

Visit the MA Postcolonial Politics (Specialist) page on the Aberystwyth University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Sara Ababneh

Sara Ababneh, Assistant Professor, Center for Strategic Studies, University of Jordan

Studying postcolonial politics at Aber – as we called it –was the most enriching academic experience of my life. The course allowed me to think in ways that I had previously not known were possible and to be critical of understandings of power which restrict it to the 'official' political sphere. I learned not only from the program’s professors, but also from my classmates, many of whom I am in touch with to this day. The relationship we had with our professors, moreover, went far beyond a conventional student-teacher relationship: Many a time we would all go to Rummers after class or would have dinner with our professors. What was most extraordinary, however, was the encouragement we received to come to conferences, organize workshops and the insight we gained to our tutor's research. This close relationship fostered a strong sense of scholarly community and allowed us to enter the world of academia in a way that is rare for students at the masters level.

(Student Profile)

David
 Kruijff

David
 Kruijff,
 Independent 
Consultant, 
Microfinance,
 Brussels.


After 
five 
years 
of 
work in 
countries
 such
 as
 Albania,
 Kosovo
 and
 the
 Philippines 
I 
decided 
to 
return
 to 
the
 university 
in 
order 
to 
place 
my
 experiences
 in
 a 
broader
 perspective.
 The
 degree 
in
 postcolonial 
politics 
allowed 
me
 to 
do 
exactly 
so.
 The 
poco 
degree 
presented 
tough
 questions
 on 
the
 role
 of 
the 
international 
in 
the 
development 
field,
 the
 use
 of 
‘expert’ 
vs 
local 
knowledge, 
the
 influence
 of 
power 
and 
knowledge 
in
 project 
design, 
and 
much
 more.
 Further, 
the 
degree
 clearly
 enhanced 
more
 basic 
abilities,
 i.e. 
learning 
how 
to 
think, 
analyse
 and
 communicate
 ideas 
or 
defend
 an 
opinion,
 verbally 
and 
in
 writing.
 All
 in 
all 
it 
made 
me 
a 
more
 mature 
and 
thoughtful
 person
 and
 has
 enable
d me
 to
 exercise 
my
 profession 
in 
a 
better
 manner.
 After
 completing 
the
 degree 
I
 returned
 to 
my 
previous 
profession 
in 
the 
field
 of 
Development
 Finance. 
Initially 
I 
worked
 for 
Oxfam 
in
 the
 Netherlands 
after
 which
 I
 moved
 to 
D.C.
 to 
work 
for
 the
 World
 Bank. 
Currently
 I
 live 
in
 Brussels
 where 
I 
work 
as 
independent 
consultant 
in 
the 
field 
of
 microfinance.

(Student Profile)

Emiliano
 Unzer
 Macedo

Emiliano
 Unzer
 Macedo, 
Adjunct
 Professor
 of 
the
 Department
 de
 Historia
da
 UFES, 
Brazil.



My
 experience 
studying
 at 
University 
of 
Aberystwyth 
was 
the
 best
 possible,
 fulfilled 
all
 my 
prior
 expectations.
 My 
master’s
 degree 
in 
Postcolonial 
Politics
 was
 very
 mind 
challenging, 
full 
of
 constructive
 arguments 
and
 thoughtful 
debates.
 I 
inherited
 a 
much 
more
 critical
 and
 broader
 view
on 
power,
 politics
 and 
international
 affairs.
 All
 these 
nowadays 
constitute 
fundamental
 contributions 
and 
concepts
 that
 I 
carry
 along 
in 
my 
university 
lectures 
and
 seminars
 where 
I 
hold
 office
 here 
in 
the 
Federal 
University 
of 
Espirito
 Santo 
(UFES)
 at 
the 
city 
of
 Vitoria, south east
 region 
of
 Brazil.


(Scholarship)

Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship 2015 - 20+ Awards

Scholarships, each worth £1,000 towards tuition fees will be available for UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015. Part-time students would be eligible for £500 for Year 1 and Year 2 of their Masters. The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award. In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st July 2015.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1000

Eligibility

Students from the UK/EU that will be studying an on campus taught Masters and that have good results from their undergraduate degree will be entitled to an Aberystwyth Masters Scholarship worth around £1000.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the (AU) Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st July 2015 at the very latest.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/uk-eu/taught/


(Scholarship)

International Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship - 20+ Awards

The scholarships will be awarded for academic excellence (minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree or the equivalent award, either already achieved or predicted by the candidate’s awarding university).In order to be considered for one of these awards, an application for a place on a taught Masters degree at Aberystwyth University must be received by 31st August 2015.Up to 72 scholarships worth £2500 towards tuition fees for full-time non-EU students on taught Masters courses are available for students who commence their studies in September 2015 on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£2500

Eligibility

Up to 72 scholarships, each worth £2,500 towards tuition fees will be available for non-UK/EU students commencing full-time Taught Masters courses in September 2015.

Application Procedure

Separate application forms are not required. Therefore it is essential that the application for a place be received by the AU Postgraduate Admissions Office by 31st August 2015 at the very latest.

Selection will be on the basis of academic excellence and the applicant’s suitability for their proposed course. A minimum (UK) 2.i Honours (or equivalent) is required for an award. Information on the comparability of non-UK degrees is available at http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/howtoapply/before-you-apply/comparability/.

Further Information

http://www.aber.ac.uk/en/postgrad/funding-fees/overseas/taught/



Entry Requirements

Good Undergraduate degree 2.2 (UK) (or above) equating to a mark of 56.5 or above. Those who are not graduates must satisfy the University that they are of the required academic standard to pursue postgraduate study.

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