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MA in Participation, Power and Social Change

University of Sussex

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Course Description

You will be based in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), which is a leading global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development. IDS? work around the theme of participation, power and social change is part of a global research collaboration that explores how people participate in society in pursuit of social justice. We work with people to identify and implement alternative approaches to social change that respond to local situations and bridge operational practice with research and policy change. Designed for experienced practitioners, this MA combines intensive coursework with work-based learning and action research. It will provide you with an understanding of conceptual, theoretical and methodological approaches to participation as applied to practical challenges in development and governance practical skills in participatory processes and action research and abilities of critical thinking, analysis and reflective practice, as well as personal development of values and attitudes useful in pursuing participatory approaches. Assessment Assessment develops your capacity to reflect, self-evaluate, and monitor your own learning in consultation with your supervisor. Methods will include written assignments, a learning plan, course participation, progress reports, portfolio items and presentations, and individual and peer-review sessions, as well as a 15,000-word synthesis paper. Programme Structure This programme is a combination of two 10-week full-time blocks of study based at IDS (Parts 1 and 3), and 12 months of part-time work-based learning (Part 2). Part 1 (September to December) Autumn term, Year 1: Foundations of Participation ? Ideas in Development ? Policy, Evidence and Practice ? a 10-week intensive study at IDS used to explore concepts and approaches and to design an individual learning plan. Part 2 (January to December) Work-based learning. Part 3 (January to March) Spring term, Year 2: Critical Reflection and Analysis: Integrating Theory and Practice, a final 10-week period at IDS to undertake further course work, reflect on work experience and write a synthesis paper linking concepts and practice. You also take a second course from Business as a Development Actor ? Competing in the Global Economy ? Economics for Development ? Empowering Society ? Key Issues in Gender and Development ? Poverty and Inequality ? Public Management and Organisational Development ? Science and Policy Processes: Issues in Health, Environment and Agriculture ? Science, Knowledge and the Politics of Development ? The Politics of Implementing Gender and Development ? Vulnerability and Social Protection.

You will be based in the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), which is a leading global organisation for research, teaching and communications on international development. IDS? work around the theme of participation, power and social change is part of a global research collaboration that explores how people participate in society in pursuit of social justice. We work with people to identify...

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Entry Requirements

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably two years' development-related work experience, which is a factor in selection. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two- RethinkItemalue+oSn++???A????#? ?+???????????????????????????????????+S?+

A first- or upper second-class undergraduate honours degree in the social sciences or a related discipline, and preferably two years' development-related work experience, which is a factor in selection. Applications must be accompanied by a detailed, two- RethinkItemalue+oSn++???A????#?...

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