MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development

General

Program Description

Introduction to the Programme

The MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development degree is taught within Middlesex University’s School of Law where we deliver high-quality teaching and research, and provide a supportive learning environment, helping students to achieve excellent academic results.

A topic of global importance since the late 1980s, 'sustainable development' refers to "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" (Brundtland Report, 1987). It encompasses responsible utilisation of environmental resources and the establishment of social and economic contexts which enable that. Sustainable development is at the heart of global policies such as Agenda 21, which emerged from the UN Earth Summit in 1992 and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals enshrined in a UN resolution as recently as 2015.

Quality of governance is increasingly recognised as central to sustainable development, which requires achieving just and legitimate outcomes in major global socio-economic and environmental issues such as poverty, climate change, food security and biodiversity loss.

Why Study MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development?

With the rise of sustainable development as a major issue of the international policy agenda, it is essential that global intergovernmental and governmental agencies, international organizations, international businesses, and other groups/organizations have access to professionals that hold the necessary analytical skills and knowledge to address these challenging governance issues in varying contexts. This master's degree aims to provide students with skills to become such a professional - enhancing their knowledge and skills with respect to global governance approaches and instruments focused on environmental sustainability and social justice.

Students will explore various approaches to how intergovernmental and national strategies, policies and projects pertaining to these global governance issues are formulated, implemented and evaluated. The critical case study approach used in teaching will enable students to develop the skills required for working in the private sector or with global and national public or third sector agencies leading and managing change in a global environment.

Middlesex University Dubai is reputed in the region for its undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of social sciences. Since the early days of the campus in Dubai, we have offered a range of undergraduate degree programmes in international development studies and global social science. More recently, we have introduced an undergraduate provision in Law and international politics and a postgraduate programme in international relations.

Programme Content

The MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development offers both full time and part-time modes, with the latter running over 2 years. Four core plus two optional modules are completed over the Autumn and Spring terms followed by a Dissertation period during the Summer.

You will attend lecture, seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you’ll deepen your theoretical knowledge, work on activities and case studies, and develop your analytical and problem-solving skills. You will do research, produce written reports, give presentations and take part in group discussions and group work, supplementing all this with your own independent study. The use of summative assessment at various stages of the programme will encourage students to consolidate their understanding. Some assessment components will involve group work.

Each module is worth 20 credits, with the exception of the Dissertation and Work Integrated Learning modules, which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning module may be selected as an alternative to the Dissertation, with prior approval.

Open Optional Module (20 Credits)

Students may select any available 20 credit module offered by the School of Law in order to tailor their programme towards their own personal interest. For some modules, programme coordinator approval is needed. The student should discuss with their programme coordinator the opportunities.

Not all optional modules may be available each year, as they are dependent upon student numbers and interest.

Programme Outline

The MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development offers both full-time and part-time modes, with the latter being run over 2 years. Four core plus two optional modules are completed over the Autumn and Spring terms followed by a Dissertation period during the summer.

You will attend lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, where you’ll deepen your theoretical knowledge, work on activities and case studies, and develop your analytical and problem-solving skills. You will do research, produce written reports, give presentations and take part in group discussions and group work, supplementing all this with your own independent study. The use of summative assessment at various stages of the programme will encourage students to consolidate their understanding. Some assessment components will involve group work.

Each module is worth 20 credits, with the exception of the Dissertation and Work Integrated Learning modules, which are worth 60 credits each. The Work Integrated Learning module may be chosen as an alternative to the Dissertation with prior approval.

Module and programme information is indicative and may be subject to change.

  • Global Security (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Foreign Policy Analysis: Geopolitical Perspectives (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Dissertation (60 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Politics of Globalisation (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Research and Practice Skills (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • Global Governance for Sustainable Development (20 Credits) - Compulsory
  • International Human Rights Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Migration Theories and Approaches (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Integrated Work and Learning (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Foundations and Principles of International Law (20 Credits) - Optional
  • Work Integrated Learning (60 Credits) - Optional
  • Sustainable Development and Human Rights (20 Credits) - Optional

Teaching

Taught sessions are held at our Dubai Knowledge Park campus (Block 16, 17, 04 and 19) during the week (Sunday to Thursday) between 6:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Additional sessions might be scheduled over weekends or holiday periods and you can expect to receive plenty of notice for these. You can expect to attend one session per week per module, except where otherwise specified in the programme timetable and for the Dissertation module in which you will be working individually on your thesis with some supervised elements. Attending scheduled weekly classes is an important requirement for the completion of this programme.

You will be actively involved in a range of learning, teaching and assessment approach as part of your programme. Such active approaches aim to put you at the centre of your learning so you are involved and engaged in all aspects of your assessment and learning. Your programme will require your active participation in learning activities and engagement with your fellow students both individually and collaboratively, working and learning with other students as part of a small group. Learning activities may also occur both within and outside the classroom.

Your learning will also be supported by technology. Increasingly your tutors will be using existing and emerging learning technologies to engage you in e-learning activities. Your programme may be facilitated using a variety of media and online tools (My Learning on UniHub, podcasts, wikis, etc.) which could allow you flexible access to a diverse range of online resources, quizzes and learning materials as well as collaborative tools with which you can engage and learn with your peers.

Not confined by the time and space associated with traditional teaching methods you may take part in online discussions and learning activities from wherever you are studying. By engaging with e-learning you will also be developing skills which are essential for your learning and are also highly valued by employers. These include but are not limited to: working flexibly, communication, understanding of IT, team working and creating shared understandings based on quality resources and access to global expertise.

Lectures will provide an overview of topics to be supplemented by directed reading. In seminars, students will discuss issues raised in the lectures and in readings. They will engage in debate, sometimes work in small groups on assigned topics and feedback in oral presentations to a plenary session. In some sessions, a debate is stimulated by reading of the primary materials and/ or recent news items.

Taught modules are assessed by Book Reviews, Primary Document Reports and essays. The final module is assessed by a dissertation proposal of 2,000 words and the dissertation of 10,000 words.

Applied Learning

Aims of the Programme

The programme aims to:

  • Provide students with in-depth knowledge of evolving theoretical and conceptual, governance and policy debates within the field of sustainable development.
  • Develop students' systematic critical awareness of the complexities that inhibit the ability of national and international policies to effectively address global challenges such as climate change and poverty.
  • Provide an intellectual setting in which students can develop an appreciation of substantive issues in relation to processes of governance and public policy formulation in different societies and contexts.
  • Develop a critical understanding of notions such as sustainability, social justice, and rights.
  • Enhance opportunities for senior/managerial level employment through advanced intellectual, communication, technological and work-related skills.
  • Provide students with a multi-disciplinary understanding of the changing trends in sustainable development.
  • Foster students’ ability to collect, analyse and interpret information on key issues related to their programme of study and to use this to construct reasoned evidenced arguments.
  • Apply research, policy, legislation and best practice principles to complex situations relevant to their own area of work or career aspirations through a substantial piece of independent study.

Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements

  • Graduates with a good (2nd class) honour degree, or an equivalent qualification, in a relevant discipline, are eligible to apply.
  • Graduates with a good (2nd class) honour degree, or an equivalent qualification, in any discipline plus relevant work experience are also eligible to apply.
  • Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate a minimum of three years relevant voluntary or professional experience, and other professional qualifications and the ability to study at postgraduate level.

If students have relevant qualifications or work experience, academic credit may be awarded towards Middlesex University programme of study.

English Language Requirements (Postgraduate)

All programmes at Middlesex University Dubai are taught in English and applicants with previous education outside of English-speaking countries (such as the UK, the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand), must demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in each band)
  • TOEFL Internet-based: 87 (21 in listening & writing, 22 in speaking and 23 in reading)
  • PearsonPTE Academic: 58
  • PearsonPTE General: Level 4

Future Careers and Employability

The MA Global Governance and Sustainable Development programme provides students with specialised knowledge and practical skills relevant for a range of new career opportunities or career progression in their current workplaces.

Career prospects for candidates with postgraduate qualifications in Global Governance and Sustainable Development are quite promising in the region and internationally due to the strong emphasis being placed on sustainability. Due to increasing global interconnectedness and awareness by decision-makers of the complex and compounding threats to sustainability currently facing the world, individuals with this qualification will be able to transition easily between the public, private, and third sector (ie government, business, and non-profit) in their career. Graduates may consider rewarding careers with international agencies such as the United Nations and its sub-agencies or the World Bank and similar institutions. Private business organisations that operate in multi-national markets in every area ranging from health and education to environmental protection and cultural affairs to banking employ professionals with the knowledge and skills developed in this programme. The programme would position graduates well for positions in Corporate Social Responsibility, Government Relations, Research, Policy, PR and outreach, and a variety of ‘analyst’ positions (risk analyst, political analyst, and market analyst).

Middlesex University’s Careers and Employability Service offers postgraduate students support in planning their career.

Last updated Jan 2020

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