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MAAfrica and Development

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This programme combines development studies with an interdisciplinary focus on Africa. It provides an advanced understanding of the African cultural, political and historical circumstances which have been formative in the constitution of development studies as a field, and which have shaped the impact of development interventions in the continent.

This programme is ideal for those who wish to pursue careers in international development, as well as students planning to pursue doctoral research on aspects of development in Africa

Programme structure

During this course You will study two core modules:

Critical Approaches to Development
Livelihoods and Development in Africa

You will also choose four optional modules from a wide range within DASA and IDD. All DASA modules are assessed by coursework; IDD modules vary, and the mix of coursework and written examinations will depend on the options selected. [See below for more detail on available modules]

You will complete the programme with a 15,000-word dissertation which combines interdisciplinary African studies with development studies.

Modules available from the Department of African Studies and Anthropology include:

Advanced Perspectives on Africa
African Literature and Post-colonial Critical Theory
Contemporary Gender Issues in Africa
History and Politics of Southern Africa
Media and Popular Culture in Africa
Modern Ghana
Research Skills and Methods in African Studies
The Social Life of the Economy
Trajectories of Emancipation in Twentieth Century West Africa
West Africa and the Atlantic Slave Trade
Yoruba Culture

Modules available from the International Development Department include:

Aid Management
Conflict, Humanitarian Aid and Social Reconstruction
Conflict in Developing Countries
Development Management
Development Politics
Gender and Development
Governance and State Building in Developing Countries
Introduction to Development Projects
Introduction to Disaster Management
Non-Governmental Organisations in a Changing International Context
Post-Conflict Reconstruction and Development
Poverty and Inequality: Interventions and Approaches
Religion and Development
Rural Poverty and Development
Social Analysis of Inequality, Poverty and Development
Transforming Development for Sustainability
Urban Poverty and Development

Career opportunities

This programme will enable students interested in deepening their understanding of Africa to put their knowledge to work in international development, whether for government, NGOs, or media.

Historically, over 91% of African Studies students have been in employment or further study within six months of graduating.

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States

Apply now! Fall semester 2021/22
Application period has ended

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States