Why this programme?
The master’s programme in Globalisation & Development Studies is a social science programme that focuses on how globalisation affects and interconnects communities around the world. While we acknowledge the macro-level roles of states and commerce in processes of globalisation and development, we focus on how they are experienced ‘from the ground up’ in the everyday lives of families, indigenous communities, migrant diasporas, grassroots organisations, individual policymakers and NGOs. In this programme, you will study diverse local responses to globalisation and development by actors who are central to these processes and those who are marginalised by them.
This programme builds on 20 years of globalisation and development teaching at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It has a pronounced global and transnational orientation: from the dynamics of inclusion and exclusion, to emancipation and empowerment, hybrid identities, transnational social and political formations, and new possibilities for transforming society. You will develop a sound knowledge basis in the concepts, theories and issues relating to globalisation and development. Using Problem-Based Learning (PBL), which is very well suited for Globalisation and Development Studies, your learning is problem-driven and theory-driven and requires students to be active rather than passive.
Freedom to choose
You will have a great deal of scope to tailor the programme to your needs. For example, you can take elective courses that suit your own goals and interests, such as:
- Citizenship and migration from a comparative perspective
- Brokers and translators in development: A focus on civil society
- International trade law
For your thesis, you will be able to choose between doing a research internship, conducting fieldwork research abroad and a desk study.
A global approach
This programme looks at how families, communities and local organisations deal with global issues like:
- Political activism
- New Global South development influencers