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BA in International Development

 

International Development is concerned with the development of people all over the world. It focuses, in particular, on the countries of the Global South, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the opportunities and challenges they face in a rapidly changing international context. The course will also highlight local-global connections and how we need to think globally when acting locally. It’s about issues such as globalisation, climate change, food security, poverty, human rights, health, education, gender, inequality and empowerment.

The study of international development will help you to understand development activism and how development can be planned, organised and managed to meet the needs of all, especially the most marginalised communities around the world. You will learn from lecturers who have first hand experience of working with international aid agencies and local communities in Ireland and in the countries of the Global South.

Kimmage DSC deliver the Level 8 BA in International Development in partnership with Maynooth University. Full details of this programme and how to apply can be found on the Maynooth University website. Mature learners are encouraged to apply.

Overview

This programme is provided by Maynooth University in partnership with Kimmage Development Studies Centre. We bring together a community of practitioners and learners who want to link development theory with practice, to question and seek alternatives to current development processes, to learn how to turn development aspirations into realities, and who wish to reflect on their own experience.

The BA in International Development provides students with a critical understanding of development theory and policy, institutions and practice, with practical competencies in development programme planning and management, a grounding in the ethical issues associated with development practice, and an opportunity to develop primary research skills through the completion of a specialised research project in the final year.

What is International Development about?

International Development is concerned with the development of people all over the world. It focuses, in particular, on the countries of the Global South, in Africa, Asia and Latin America, and the opportunities and challenges they face in a rapidly changing international context. International Development highlights local-global connections and how we need to think globally when acting locally. The programme explores issues such as globalisation, climate change, food security, poverty, human rights, health, education, gender, inequality and empowerment from an international development perspective.

This programme highlights local-global connections, the wide range of socio-economic and political factors creating both development challenges and opportunities nationally and internationally, and examines the performance of international and national development actors (UN, Governments, NGO’s and Civil Society groups) in meeting these challenges, and providing a better world for all.

The study of international development will help you to understand development activism and how development can be planned, organised and managed to meet the needs of all, especially the most marginalised communities around the world. You will learn from lecturers who have first hand experience of working with national and international aid agencies and local communities throughout the world.

Course Structure

As a Joint Honours BA degree, International Development is taken with two other subjects in first year and with one other subject in second and third year.

First Year

  • Introduction to Development Theory and Practice
  • Political Economy of Development – An Introduction
  • Ethics and Development Practice
  • The Role of NGOs and the State in Development Practice

Second Year

  • Globalisation, the Economy and Development
  • Gender and Development
  • Theories and Practices
  • Leadership and Working with Groups

Options:

  • Planning for Development
  • Development and Financial Management
  • Managing Development Practice
  • Globalisation, Activism and Development
  • Culture, Conflict and Development
  • Managing Development Organisations

Third Year

  • The Environment and Development
  • Introduction to Development Research and Thesis
  • Development Education and Facilitation
  • Special Topics – Preparation for Thesis

Options:

  • Human Development
  • A Human Rights Approach to Development
  • Sustainable Livelihoods and Climate Change Adaption
  • The Media and Development
  • Health and Development

Campus venue: Maynooth University

Duration: 3 year (BA) or 4 year (BA International)

For further details see: www.maynoothuniversity.ie/international-development/our-courses or contact:
Admissions Office, Maynooth University

Tel: +353 (0) 1 708 3822

Fax: +353 (0) 1 708 4614

Email: admissions@nuim.ie
Web: www.maynoothuniversity.ie

Any enquiries from International applicants should be sent to international.office@nuim.ie

Please note that it is not possible to apply for this BA in International Development using the Kimmage DSC online application facility. All applications must be made through www.maynoothuniversity.ie or the CAO.

Graduates of International Development will possess knowledge and skills attractive to employers in the public, private and voluntary sectors. As graduates will have developed knowledge of activism, development education, facilitation, project planning and management as well as leadership and working with groups, they are well-suited for a variety of roles in the development sector. Graduates will be particularly welcome in the development education sector, and by international aid agencies and civil society organisations, especially those focused in the countries of the Global South.

Postgraduate Options

  • MA in International Development (accredited by QQI) through Kimmage Development Studies Centre
  • MA in Anthropology
  • MA in Anthropology and Development (in conjunction with Irish NGOs Trócaire, Concern and Goal)
  • MA in Community & Youth Work (professionally endorsed qualification in Community Work and Youth Work)

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