Program posted by: Development Planning Unit
Posted on: February 20, 2013
A critical approach to 'people-centred' development, addressing the challenges for promoting well-being and equitable citizenship in the context of social diversity and globalisation.
The central focus of the course is the relationship between active citizenship and development, with the recognition that diverse identities and aspirations are critical components of social change. This course responds to the increasing focus on well-being and 'people-centred' approaches, evidenced both by the revised policy priorities of many development agencies, and the discourses of grass-roots organizations, which question market led processes of development. At the same time there is a need to problematize such approaches given the power relations operating at various scales, from the global to the local, and the social dynamics of rapidly urbanizing societies. These concerns highlight the challenge of recognising and valuing difference in a way that strengthens, rather than fragments, collective action, and ensures universal principles of equity. This course offers the opportunity to engage with the theoretical and practical implications of promoting well-being and citizenship in the context of social diversity, exploring the traditional realm of the social sector as entry point to influence wider contestations of rights and citizenship as manifested in development initiatives.
The course is intended to introduce participants to critical, analytical and practical skills that will be of use in their future careers, whether as academics, social development practitioners or advocates for the need to place the 'social' at the centre of development.
Accordingly it provides participants with the opportunity to critically examine relevant bodies of knowledge, current debates and experience from the field and invites them to consider how social development concerns can be effectively addressed in the processes of development policy, planning and practice.
The programme focuses on international contexts of development which reflect the present day global social realities within which people operate and in this way better illustrates the complexities underlying social development planning and the potential pitfalls when attempting to effect social change initiatives.
For more information on how to apply, please see: http://www.bartlett.ucl.ac.uk/dpu/programmes/postgraduate/msc-social-development-practice