This MA equips you with the knowledge and skills you need to understand the complex relationship between education, international development and social justice within global contexts.
This degree will help to prepare you for careers in international development, humanitarian assistance, social work and consultancy with governments, NGOs, bilateral and multilateral organisations, research institutions and charities.
Why study Education, International Development and Social Justice?
Access to quality education is a fundamental human right. However, many young people around the world are unable to access it or complete the full education cycle due to social, cultural, economic and political barriers.
This is particularly the case for girls, the poor and young people from rural and marginalised communities living in developing countries or societies affected by conflict. Even when education opportunities are available in these contexts, they often do not meet the needs of young people or those of their communities.
At best, education that is ill-conceived is of limited value. At worst, it can promote economic stagnation, socio-economic inequality, social exclusion and conflict.
The MA Education, International Development and Social Justice explores the sociology and political economy of education and learning within development, humanitarian and transnational contexts globally.
In particular, you will learn about:
- the social, political, cultural and economic contexts in which young people live their lives and education and learning take place around the world
- current theories, policies, practices and approaches to education and learning
- approaches to policy and practice regarding social and educational inclusion, educational quality, outcomes and mobility, resilience and sustainable development
- challenges faced by governmental and non-governmental organisations in relation to planning and providing quality education for all (such as poverty, gender inequality, humanitarian emergencies, modern slavery, human trafficking)
- education policy and practice with reference to particular marginalised communities (such as working children, nomads, young people who have been trafficked, former child soldiers, refugees)
- the complex relationship between education, wellbeing, employment and economic development
Why St Mary's?
The degree is part of our wider commitment to addressing issues of social justice through the work of the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) and the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS).
The wide-ranging and inclusive membership of the Centres, encompassing partnerships between academics, charities, governmental and non-governmental organisations and the business sector, provides an ideal environment to stimulate debate, influence public policy and improve professional practice.
The MA Education, International Development and Social Justice is also enhanced by our peaceful location in leafy West London; a short train ride away from global headquarters of international organisations working in the field.
- A dedicated and passionate academic team with decades of experience in shaping this sector and helping to make a difference
- Access to cutting edge research and social engagement through the work of the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults (CREMCYA) and the Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery (CSMS)
- Small class sizes and cohorts that offer a supportive and welcoming environment for all learners
- Exchanges of insights from peers, academics and practitioners offering real-life experiences of current issues affecting education within global contexts
- Guest lectures, seminars and workshops capitalising on our links to development and humanitarian organisations and charities
- Unrivalled networking opportunities by making lifelong contacts with our internationally diverse community of students and academics