The major debates engaged in by Development Studies, as it came to be known, focused on growth vs inequality, efficiency vs democracy, state vs market led development and modernity vs tradition. The practice of development was also framed within these debates and was institutionalised through the Bretton Woods System, the various UN institutions, governmental and non-governmental policies and initiatives. The continuing importance of these debates can be seen today as we discuss how are inequality, political instability and economic development linked; whether market shocks reshape political as well as economic frameworks; whether economic growth is a good measure of human development. Is modernity the goal that is worth aspiring to in the context of environmental crisis? Why does gender justice matter for development? Why does poverty persist in a world of plenty?
The MA in International Development will introduce you to these debates and questions. Theoretical work and empirical work are not separate exercises. Practical problems stimulate theory construction, and theories inform the ways that we handle substantive issues. Theory that lacks bearing on practice is irrelevant. Action that lacks theoretical clarity and coherence is confused and ineffective.
The core module for International Development is Theories and Issues in International Development. A full module description is available here.
This programme has optional modules to choose from to allow you to achieve the required credits to successfully complete the award; in addition to your core module, you will select 40 CATS (normally 2 modules) from a list of specialist of modules for this course, and a further 40 CATS from our extensive range of optional modules. At a research led institution, optional module lists are subject to change each year to keep the student learning experience current and up-to-date. For the optional modules available in this department please visit the department website.
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
Debate and discussion are at the heart of the teaching style in PAIS, and most modules are taught via one 2-hour seminar per week. Seminars give you the opportunity to interact with leading scholars as well as with your peers to explore a set topic each week. Every seminar will be based on extensive guided reading you will do each week, but there is no strict pattern to how sessions are run; you will experience a variety of teaching methods tailored to each specific topic and teacher. This may include mini-lectures followed by discussion, Q&A sessions, organised debates, peer presentations, policy briefs, small group work, and other projects.
In addition to your seminars, you will have access to your module tutors during advice and feedback hours. You will have the opportunity to sit down with your tutors on a one-to-one basis during these weekly office hours to follow up on seminar discussions, seek guidance on your essays, and ask questions about feedback on your marks.
PAIS modules are assessed entirely by research essays throughout the year, culminating in a 10,000 word dissertation at the end.
Full-time: 1 year
Part-time: 2 years
2:i undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a related subject
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
Home/EU: £11,950 per year
Overseas: £19,560 per year
Home/EU: £5,975 per year
Overseas: £9,780 per year
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