Taught course

Education, International Development and Social Justice

Institution
St Mary's University, Twickenham, London · St Mary's University, Twickenham, London
Qualifications
MA

Entry requirements

2:2 undergraduate degree in any education or social sciences subject (such as sociology or development studies).

Additional requirement information

Students who do not possess a first degree may be admitted provided that the Programme Director is satisfied with the student's fitness to pursue the programme by virtue of professional or other relevant qualifications and/or experience (e.g. professional experience working for an international NGO, etc.)

Months of entry

September

Course content

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 and 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 within these contexts
  • 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)
  • education policy and practice with reference to life-long learning and adult education (such as higher education, adult literacy)
  • 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.

Information for international students

International students should check our country-specific pages for equivalents. If English is not your first language you will need to achieve an IELTS score of 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in any section (or equivalent).

We now accept IELTS Indicator test results as proof of your English language level.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MA
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Name
Kathleen Fincham
Email
kathleen.fincham@stmarys.ac.uk