University of Sussex

Degree level: Postgraduate

Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation (Taught)

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Course summary

Sussex is recognised globally for teaching and research in international development. This course is for you if you have experience, or are considering a career, in the development field. Sussex has the largest department in the UK focusing on social anthropology and pioneered the anthropological critique of development. We examine the impact of economic and social change on local practices, meanings and identities. The MA focuses on issues of anthropological engagement, development policy and activism. You will learn from experts. You can also connect with our global network of research partnerships, alumni and professionals in the public, private, consultancy and not-for-profit sectors.

Course details


We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2022/23. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity. We’ll do our best to provide as much optional choice as we can, but timetabling constraints mean it may not be possible to take some module combinations. The structure of a small number of courses means that the order of modules or the streams you choose may determine whether modules are core or optional. This means that your core modules or options may differ from what’s shown below. Core modules Core modules are taken by all students on the course. They give you a solid grounding in your chosen subject and prepare you to explore the topics that interest you most. Autumn teaching

  • Current Practices in Anthropology and Development
  • Historical Engagements of Anthropology and Development
  • Understanding Processes of Social Change
  • Spring teaching
  • Anthropological Research Methods
  • Summer teaching
  • Dissertation (Anthropology)
Options Alongside your core modules, you can choose options to broaden your horizons and tailor your course to your interests. This list gives you a flavour of our options, which are kept under review and may change, for example in response to student feedback or the latest research. While it’s our aim for students to take their preferred combinations of options, this can’t be guaranteed and will be subject to timetabling. Options may be grouped and if so, students will be able to choose a set number of options from the selection available in any particular group. Spring teaching
  • Activism for Development and Social Justice
  • Anthropology of Law
  • Childhood and Youth in the Contemporary World
  • Critical Debates in Environment and Development
  • Fair Trade, Ethical Business & New Moral Economies
  • Global Laboratories: Biotech, Life and Society
  • Indigenous and Minority Rights
  • Knowledge, Power and Resistance
  • Poverty, Vulnerability and the Global Economy
  • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses
  • Refugees, Displacement and Humanitarian Responses
  • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives
  • Transnationalism, Diaspora and Migrants' Lives
Summer teaching Dissertation with Placement (Global Studies) Placements To help you gain experience and increase your employability, you can apply for an optional placement as part of your course. Research placements run for up to 12 weeks in the summer term and vacation. You can also write your dissertation based on your experience. You’ll be responsible for applying for and securing your placement. Our dedicated careers team can help you:
  • find an employer
  • draft an application
- prepare for interview

Entry requirements

You should normally have an upper second-class (2.1) undergraduate honours degree or above. Your qualification should normally be in anthropology or another humanities or social sciences subject; alternatively, you should have relevant professional experience or engagement.

Fees and funding

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Anthropology of Development and Social Transformation at University of Sussex - UCAS