This Masters considers ‘development’ as a widely desired goal, but also an arena of contestation. You will explore new forms of politics, especially those emerging in the non-Western world, and have the opportunity to undertake an internship.
‘Development’ has been a long desired as a goal for societies and peoples, and the pursuit of it has been decisive in shaping the world, especially since the mid-20th century. However major changes in recent decades, including the emergence of new geopolitical powers on the international stage, growing challenges to neoliberal dogmas, heightened concern with increasing global inequality, and recognition of the danger of ecological devastation, mean that ‘development’ – what it means and how it is to be achieved – has become the site of contestation, where new forms of politics and struggle have emerged.
This Masters surveys these changes and this contestation, and asks, how can (and should) we talk about the challenges and possibilities for development in the 21st century?
The programme considers ‘development’ as a central political question to map out the world today. The MA will trace the murky contours that separate politics from lawlessness, political ideas and ideals from empty rhetorical gestures, international cooperation from imperialism, and political activism from violence.
*New programme: Subject to validation
Please note: 'subject to validation' means that we will be offering this degree providing it is approved by the Goldsmiths Academic Board.
If you have specific questions about the degree, contact Francisco Carballo or David Martin or Sanjay Seth
Modules & Structure
In this innovative and interdisciplinary course of study you’ll be able to explore:
•The defining features of contemporary forms of capitalism
•The emergence of geopolitical powers over the past 20 years
•The interplay between informal and illegal economies
•The connections between violence, politics and religion
•Patterns of immigration worldwide
•The slum as a fundamental site of the contemporary world
•The current debates on globalisation from below
•The prospects for radical politics
There will also be the opportunity to take an internship option, and to get involved in a student-led speaker and event series, where you’ll be encouraged to approach ‘industry partners’ including journalists, activists, senior staff in NGOs, politicians, and public intellectuals, who can offer differing perspectives and expose you to current debates in the professional community.
•Development in the 21st Century (30 credits)
•Understanding Global Politics (15 credits)
•Student-Led Curriculum Development (15 credits)
•Dissertation (60 credits)
You’ll also choose options from a wide range of courses available through the Department of Politics and other departments at Goldsmiths, including Anthropology, Cultural Studies, History, Media and Communications, and Sociology.
Skills & Careers
You’ll consider a range of debates and approaches that are pertinent to the development sector, and so it’s an ideal programme for anyone thinking of pursuing a career in this area – whether you’re interested in working for high profile charities, grass-roots organisations, social enterprises, or global activism.
It’s also an ideal foundation for a career in research or policy, or if you’re thinking of pursuing a research degree in the future.
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You should have (or expect to be awarded) an undergraduate degree of at least upper second class standard in a relevant/related subject. You might also be considered for some programmes if you aren’t a graduate or your degree is in an unrelated field, but have relevant experience and can show that you have the ability to work at postgraduate level.