MSc Geographies of the Global South
Graduate Taught (level 9 nfq, credits 90)
This MSc programme offers students a critical understanding of key issues and theoretical debates in contemporary geographies of the Global South.
designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.
strong emphasis is placed on developing students' applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their real-world application to Global South issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making.
The Global South accounts for over 80 per cent of world's population, and represents enormous diversity and rapid transformation, commanding an ever-increasing role in global affairs. Many countries of the Global South have achieved impressive economic growth, including some of the fastest growing economies in the world. Yet, the Global South also houses the bulk of the global poor, with growth often accompanied by mounting spatial and socio-economic inequalities.
The MSc Geographies of the Global South is designed to provide students with an advanced knowledge of key challenges, potentials and contestations in the Global South at a range of scales and informed by local experiences of development, change and sustainability.
A strong emphasis is placed on developing students' applied skills in geospatial technology and an understanding of their real-world application to Global South issues, research and to informing practice, planning and policy making.
This program is aimed at students who wish to develop a career in the field of international development agencies within governmental or non-governmental organisations, or to do further research in the field of studies on global development. We value and encourage our students to be active, motivated, autonomous learners who have a critical and reflective approach towards the problems of the Global South, global poverty and the wide range of proposed solutions. We aim to provide a learning environment that will encourage students to challenge commonplaces and reflect on different approaches developing their autonomous understanding of key concepts and debates in the field of studies on the Global South. Working groups, collective discussion and autonomous conceptions of outputs like papers and presentations are a key element in the programme's design. This entails a focus on personal development and critical learning, favoured by the interdisciplinary nature of the themes raised and by our international teaching group.
Acquire an advanced knowledge and understanding of current critical theoretical and conceptual debates in geographies of development and change in the Global South, and be able to develop or apply these ideas in autonomous research.
Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the role and potential of geospatial technologies in the field of Global South research and practice.
Have enhanced analytical skills as well as critical thinking and critical questioning, and will have developed knowledge and skills that will help them develop expertise in the field of Global South and development studies.
Have the ability to deal with complexity and to be aware of and sensitive to ethical considerations and be able to integrate and apply this knowledge within their professional and everyday lives.
Develop experiences of fieldwork, small group work, and direct knowledge of agencies and with non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders
Be able of clearly articulate their ideas and draw conclusions based on knowledge and rationale and be able to communicate these to both specialists and non-specialists
Acquire a level of advanced learning skills that facilitates self-directed learning and independent research, study, and professional development
Acquire skills for development in new technologies as a transferable skill that will provide graduates with specific expertise in GIS/remote sensing
Be able to develop writing and presenting skills to present publically the results of their research through papers and presentations