University of Bath

Degree level: Postgraduate

International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability (Taught)

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Course summary

Develop the skills and understanding to tackle the global challenges of development, social justice and sustainability. Whether you are a graduate aiming to make a difference in the world, or a professional wishing to deepen your knowledge and critical thinking, this course is for you. You will explore the political, economic and social forces that promote and prevent social and environmental justice around the world. These include people’s struggles for wellbeing and sustainability and the visions that inspire them; and the roles of state, society and market actors. Transcending geographical binaries of Global North and South, you will consider areas of complementarity and trade-off between economic development, human wellbeing and environmental sustainability. This specialist master’s combines skills and knowledge of international development with an in-depth focus on social justice, wellbeing and sustainability. Innovative learning approaches promote investigation of particular cases and issues drawing out connections and contradictions between different actors, analytical perspectives and across global, regional, national, and local scales. The course provides you with the opportunity to apply what you have learned in a placement leading to a work-based project. Gain key skills You will leave the course with:

  • a critical understanding of concepts and approaches to social and environmental justice, wellbeing and sustainability, and their strengths and limitations
  • practical skills in research, analysis and communication, and an understanding of how these can be applied in working for social justice, wellbeing and sustainability at global and local levels
  • an appreciation of how integrated perspectives can capture the complex interactions between social and ecological systems
  • the ability to explore areas of complementarity and trade-off between economic development, human wellbeing and environmental sustainability
  • rich experience gained from working with people from a wide range of disciplinary, professional and national backgrounds
Learning and teaching You will join the Department of Social & Policy Studies here at Bath. Our staff are all active in this field, research-led, and united in their commitment to finding better solutions to the world’s development problems. We encourage diversity of intake, in experience, qualifications and interests, to stimulate the richness of experience and learning.

Course details

Modules

This course lasts 1 year. It starts in September 2023 and ends in 2024. Welcome week starts on 25 September 2023. Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions. Units The total number of credits for the taught-stage is 60 credits, with most units being 12 Credits. A typical week would approximately average between 6-10 hours of classes or seminars a week depending on options taken. The dissertation or practicum (work-based project) are 30 credits. Compulsory course units These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Semester 1 Doing research for international development History and theory of international development Social and Environmental Justice Semester 2 Doing research for international development The politics and practice of sustainability Plus one optional unit Summer Either Dissertation or Practicum. Optional course units These optional units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units. Management of international development Global political economy Humanitarianism Education and international development for IEG

Assessment method

Blog Coursework Essay Policy brief Work-based placement


Entry requirements

British qualifications You should have a bachelor’s honours degree or international equivalent, typically a 2:1 or above. To apply for this course you should have an undergraduate degree in an appropriate subject such as politics, economics, anthropology, international relations, African, Latin American or South East Asian Studies or environmental studies. We will also consider graduates with an undergraduate degree in other subjects where you have relevant professional experience in international development. We may make an offer based on a lower grade if you can provide evidence of your suitability for the degree. If your first language is not English but within the last 2 years you completed your degree in the UK you may be exempt from our English Language requirements. English language requirements IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components You will need to get your English language qualification within 24 months prior to starting your course. If you need to improve your English language skills before starting your studies, you may be able to take a pre-sessional course to reach the required level.


English language requirements


Fees and funding

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/tuition-fees/
International Development, Social Justice and Sustainability at University of Bath - UCAS