Who is this programme for?
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This programme is designed for those who want to understand global processes and development, and for those who want to work on, or analyse, development related tasks and issues. It is also highly relevant to anyone working, or intending to work, in development advocacy, policy making, and global development policy analysis, in the NGO sector, government agencies, and international development organisations.
We welcome students with a strong background in the social sciences in their first degree, but we also welcome students who have worked in the area of development, or in a related field.
This exciting programme offers a critical examination of the contemporary process of globalisation and how it influences the developing world, both before and after the ongoing global crisis. The MSc Globalisation and Development blends, in equal measure, critical analysis of mainstream thinking, alternative theories and practices, and case studies of political, social and cultural aspects of globalisation and development.
This degree draws its strength from the unrivalled expertise at SOAS in development problems and processes. The programme is of interest for development practitioners, activists, and students with a scholarly interest in how globalisation influences the developing world, and how the poor majority responds to these challenges.
- Critical and historical approaches to globalisation and their relationship to neoliberalism, imperialism and US global hegemony.
- Contemporary globalising processes - capital flows, state-market relations, transnational corporations, global commodity chains, inequality and poverty on a global scale.
- Transformation of work in the age of globalisation - new types of work, informalisation and precarisation, labour migration, agrarian change and gender relations.
- Globalisation and imperialism - post-Cold War imperial and civil wars, global and regional challengers to US hegemony: China and Russia.
- Globalisation, democracy and culture - human rights, democratisation, cosmopolitanism, standardisation, homogenisation.
- Alternatives to neoliberal globalisation - global labour movement, transnational social movements and NGOs, environmental issues.
Students can draw on SOAS's unique expertise to specialise further in particular regions or topics. Please see 'Structure' for details on core and optional modules.
Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years. Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1 and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.
Overview duration: One calendar year (full-time) or two years (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study. Fees 2019/20 UK/EU fees -
Who should take this course
Students must take 180 credits per year comprised of 120 taught credits (including core, compulsory and optional modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
Core modules: A core module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken and passed before you move on to the next year of your programme. Compulsory modules: A compulsory module is required for the degree programme, so must always be taken, and if necessary can be passed by re-taking it alongside the next year of your programme. Optional modules: These are designed to help students design their own intellectual journey while maintaining a strong grasp of the fundamentals.
About Course Provider
Our mission is to inspire the next generation to develop ideas for a fairer and more sustainable world. We welcome the brightest minds from over 130 different countries, creating a community that is diverse, vibrant and multinational. From day one at our central London campus, our students are encouraged to challenge conventional views and think globally – and that’s one of the reasons why they develop careers that make a real difference. A SOAS student is typically passionate about their subject, opts to learn a second language, loves to learn, to travel, to be surprised; and is interested and engaged with the world around them.