The MA in Environment, Society and Development comprises two core elements: firstly, it involves a critique of interventionism and the various practices of development, environmental management and securitization that define our world; and secondly it considers practically how that critique can enable more community-based, human-centred and environmentally just forms of governance. The programme engages with a range of multidisciplinary concerns, from geopolitics to political ecology, and exposes students to vital global challenges encompassing a complex array of environmental, social and economic processes. The MA culminates each year with students working with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
3 Good Reasons To Study This Course
1. Field-based learning and civic engagement form integral and innovative elements of the programme. In one dedicated module, students work on the ground in the challenging international development context of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Through partnering with a range of NGOs, including the United Nations Development Programme, students gain vital experience of civic engagement and bringing critical thinking to international development challenges.
2. The Neil Smith Graduate Research Award is presented annually to the best overall student. Students work in consultation with dedicated individual supervisors, enabling the pursuit of a range of research interests.
3. The programme director and teaching team have received a number of accolades for teaching excellence, including: an Irish National Academy Award for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning; NUI Galway's President's Award for Teaching Excellence; and a Teaching Innovation Award from NUI Galway's Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.