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An Interdisciplinary Programme of the University of Bayreuth

Development Studies (M.A. Programme)

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Programme Overview

Understanding development processes in times of global change

Processes of development, change, and globalization in Latin America, Asia, and Africa are playing an increasingly important global role in this day and age. The interdisciplinary master’s programme “Development Studies” addresses the causes, conditions, and consequences of such processes. Here you have the chance to look at “development” from different perspectives, to link methodological and theoretical approaches, and to detect connections between social, political, and spatial conditions. During your studies, you will gain the ability to analyse development problems and processes of global and local change, to discuss them in consideration of theories from the social sciences and economics, and to apply them in practice as part of a project-focussed unit of study. Development Studies is a bilingual programme (German and English) with an English track that can be completed as a full-time or a part-time student.

Master complexity through interdisciplinarity

This interdisciplinary Master of Arts provides a scientifically grounded yet practice-oriented approach to the chances, challenges, and contradictions in current development processes. The programme of study combines courses in development sociology and politics, geography, and economics. On this basis, students acquire subject-specific as well as interdisciplinary and practical skills. The University of Bayreuth’s research focus on Africa and its diverse research on the Global South give you access to extensive expertise. You benefit from the close integration of the departments involved, while having the freedom to choose your own area of emphasis to be pursued in development sociology or politics, geography, or economics. Thanks to the programme’s interdisciplinary approach, you will be alert and open to the theoretical and methodological diversity that you will encounter again and again, even in practical work in the field of development. This will in turn enable you to better understand and assess complex development processes.

Module Overview

The modules include courses with a fixed content and seminars with variable specific topics. Students chose one out of three individual focuses. The programme includes activities that represent a total of 120 ECTS. Admissions can be subject to catching up BA courses representing a workload of not more than 30 ECTS. See the Module Handbook for details.

Foundations (45 ECTS)Hide
  • Development Studies between Concepts and Practice: An Interdisciplinary Perspective
  • Regional Geography: Africa / Asia / Latin America
  • Geographies of Environment and Development
  • Development Theories
  • Social and Political Processes in Africa and Beyond
  • Governance, Wettbewerb & gesellschaftliche Entwicklung or
  • Governance Seminar
  • Governance & „Politik“
  • Development Anthropology
Individual Focus on Advanced Development Sociology and Politics (20 ECTS)Hide
  • Actors in Development Politics
  • Development Policies: Selected Issues
  • Social and Political Processes in Africa and Beyond
  • Deepening or Catching up: Technical or methodological in-depth knowledge within development sociology or policy
Individual Focus on Advanced Geography (20 ECTS)Hide
  • Socio-economic Development Processes
  • Development Cooperation/Development Planning
  • Attendance of a Conference of Experts
  • Political Ecology of Global Environmental Change
Individual Focus on Advanced International Economy (20 ECTS)Hide
  • Economic Progress and Institutional Change
  • Corporate Governance: Theoretical Aspects of Corporate Governance
  • Probleme der Wettbewerbs- und Wirtschaftspolitik or Governance Seminar
  • Development
  • Catching up: Microeconomics I and/or macroeconomics I
Project-focussed Unit (35 ECTS)Hide
  • Internship or Research Training Project
  • Master Colloquium
Master's Thesis (20 ECTS)Hide

Departments Involved

In addition to choice of courses offered by the departments involved, courses of many other units are open for students of Development Studies.


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