MSc Labour, Social Movements and Development
Duration: One calendar year (full-time) Two (part-time, daytime only) We recommend that part-time students have between two and a half and three days free in the week to pursue their course of study.
Minimum Entry Requirements: Minimum upper second class honours degree (or equivalent). Relevant work experience may also be considered.
Start of programme: September intake only
Mode of Attendance: Full Time or Part Time
Who is this programme for?
The programme is for students who want to analyse and work on social change for the working poor in developing countries. It is highly relevant to anyone working or intending to work on labour and labour-related social movements in development agencies and NGOs, labour and solidarity movements, corporate social responsibility initiatives, and to activists in both developed and developing countries. We welcome students with a strong background in the social sciences in their first degree, as well as practitioners and professionals working in the areas of development, labour and employment relations, social movements and other related fields.
A unique Programme
This innovative new programme offers students the opportunity to study labour conditions and relations, social movements of labour and their contributions to development processes and changes in the South. It is the first and only MSc programme in the UK dedicated to Labour, Social Movements and Development. It provides a critical examination of the links between labour, capitalism, development and poverty. It investigates labour in contemporary social and economic development of the South as well as classic and newly emerging social movements of labour in local, national and international spaces. Students will also have the opportunity to experience labour campaigns and policy-making in practice by participating in our interactive sessions on designing and implementing international, regional and national labour campaigns and policies. The MSc draws on the expertise of Department of Development Studies staff in labour, social movements and development in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and on our contacts within such movements, as well as with NGOs and international organisations.
The MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development explores different theories and methods for the study of the working poor in the South and offers a critical examination of the links between labour, capitalism, development and poverty, and of the role of social movements and international initiatives for labour.
- Labour process and organisations: development trajectories and divisions in the South
- A comparative history of labour and social movements in countries such as China, Korea, India, South Africa, Brazil and the Middle East
- Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives, codes of conduct and anti-sweatshop campaigning
- The impact of neoliberalism and globalisation on workers in the South
- Informalisation of labour, casualization and precarious work
- Feminisation of labour
- The worst forms of exploitation: forced labour and child labour
- Rural labour, migrant labour and labour in Export Processing Zones
- Household and reproductive labour
- The International Labour Organisation, international labour standards and decent work
- Practices and theories of local, national and international labour campaigns.
The unique regional expertise at SOAS allows students of the MSc in Labour, Social Movements and Development to specialise in some of the most dynamic parts of the developing world. The programme’s emphasis on transferable analytical skills will be of great benefit to graduates who return to or take up, professional careers in international organisations, government agencies and non-governmental organisations and movements. Students also benefit from the wide range of modules on offer, both within the department and across the School, allowing them to create individualised interdisciplinary programmes.
Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.
All students take core modules, ‘Labour, Social Movements & Development’ and a ‘Dissertation in Development Studies’. They then choose EITHER ‘Political Economy of Development’ OR ‘Theory, Policy and Practice of Development’. Through these modules, students build their analytical skills and knowledge of the main issues and debates in Development Studies.
Students also take option modules, allowing them to specialise in particular areas of development and possibly using them to develop a dissertation on a related theme. By tying optional modules to their individual dissertation topic, students tailor their degree to suit their own interests and career development goals.
Please note that not all option modules may run every year. Modules at other institutions (intercollegiate) are not part of the approved programme structure.
Students can take this programme part-time over 2 or 3 years. Students usually complete their core modules in Year 1 and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.
Students take the following TWO core modules:
- Labour, Social Movements and Development 15PDSC007 (30 credits) Full Year
- Dissertation in Development Studies 15PDSC999 (60 credits) Full Year
Optional Core Modules
Students then choose ONE of the following modules:
- Political Economy of Development 15PDSC002 (30 credits) Full Year
- Theory, policy and practice of development 15PDSC001 (30 credits) Full Year
Students choose modules to the value of 30 credits from List 1 and 30 credits from List 2 below:
Option Modules in the Department of Development Studies
- Agrarian Development, Food Policy and Rural Poverty 15PDSH026 (15credits) Term 1
- Aid and Development 15PDSH027 (15credits) Term 1
- Battlefields of Method: Approaches to International Development Research 15PDSC008 (30 credits) Full Year
- Borders and Development 15PDSH023 (15credits) Term 2
- Civil society, social movements and the development process 15PDSH001 (15credits) Term 1
- Development Practice 15PDSH013 (15credits) Term 2
- Environment, Governance and Development 15PDSH050 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Extractive Industries, Energy, Biofuels and Development in a Time of Climate Change 15PDSH048 (15credits) Term 2
- Famine and food security 15PDSH022 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Fundamentals of research methods for Development Studies 15PDSH017 (15credits) Term 1
- Gender and Development 15PDSH010 (15credits) Term 1
- Global Commodity Chains, Production Networks and Informal Work 15PDSH024 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Global Health and Development 15PDSH051 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Issues in Forced Migration 15PDSH015 (15credits) Term 2
- Marxist Political Economy and Global Development 15PDSH053 (15credits) Term 2
- Migration and Policy 15PDSH029 (15credits) Term 1 Not Running 2017/2018
- Natural resources, development and change: putting critical analysis into practice 15PDSH031 (15credits) Term 2
- Neoliberalism, Democracy and Global Development 15PDSH054 (15credits) Term 1
- Problems of Development in the Middle East and North Africa 15PDSH019 (15credits) Term 2
- Security 15PDSH020 (15credits) Term 1
- The Working Poor and Development 15PDSH030 (15credits) Term 2
- Understanding Economic Migration: Theories, Patterns and Policies 15PDSH032 (15credits) Term 2 Not Running 2017/2018
- Water and Development: Conflict and Governance 15PDSH049 (15credits) Term 2
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