MSc State, Society and Development

Duration: May be taken full-time over one year, or part-time over two or three years. Part students usually complete their core modules in Year 1, and their option modules and dissertation in subsequent years.

Minimum Entry Requirements: The qualification for entry is normally a first or upper-second class honours degree (or equivalent) in Politics or International Relations, or a related social science discipline. Applicants without such a background may be considered for admission depending on their academic training and undergraduate performance.

Start of programme: September intake only

This MSc programme seeks to explain state-society relations and development in Asia, Africa and (where appropriate) Latin America through the sub-disciplines of comparative political sociology and comparative/international political economy. Students will study the core concepts of these sub-disciplines such as: state; civil society; social closure; class; bureaucracy; patrimonialism; hegemony; late-industrialisation; product cycle; developmental state; rent-seeking; good governance; and globalization.

They will also be exposed to the principal analytical perspectives of political science such as historical institutionalism, rational choice theory and Marxism. These intellectual foundations will enable students to gain a better understanding of the shaping factors behind phenomena such as: state collapse and criminalisation in Africa; cronyism in Southeast Asia and Latin America; religious fundamentalism in South Asia; economic take-off in East Asia; linguistic nationalism in Central Asia; the ‘third wave’ of democratisation; global financial instability; and the relationship between the Washington Institutions and the South.

Students will also come to understand the usefulness of cross-regional comparison by seeing how the study of one region can illuminate similar issues elsewhere, despite differing cultural contexts.


Students must take 180 credits comprised of 120 taught credits (including core and option modules) and a 60 credit dissertation.

  1. 30 credits from List A;
  2. 60 credits from List A, B or C
  3. 30 credits from LSS option modules, with the convenor's approval
  4. 60 credit Dissertation on some aspect of State & Development or State & Society (compulsory) from D.

Please note that not all option modules may run every year.

List A. Politics of Development & Globalization AND/OR State and Society must be taken (30 or 60 credits) as a core module/s

  • State & society in Asia & Africa 15PPOC008 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Politics of Globalisation and Development in Asia and Africa 15PPOC017 (30 credits) Full Year

B. 60 credits from List A, B or C

  • Government and politics in Africa 15PPOC205 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South Asia 15PPOC003 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Government and politics of modern South East Asia 15PPOC247 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and society in the Chinese political process 15PPOC012 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Northeast Asian politics: Japan, Korea and Taiwan 15PPOC253 (30 credits) Full Year
  • State and Society in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH022 (15credits) Term 1
  • Geopolitics and Security in Central Asia and the Caucasus 15PPOH023 (15credits) Term 2
  • Infrastructures, Conflict and Struggle 15PPOH041 (15credits) Term 2
  • The Indian Ocean in World Politics 15PPOH032 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Political society in the Middle East 15PPOH008 (15credits) Term 1
  • State and transformation in the Middle East 15PPOH011 (15credits) Term 2
  • Taiwan's politics and cross-strait relations 15PPOC252 (30 credits) Full Year
  • Japan Unravelled 15PPOH033 - Not Running 2017/18
  • Asian Security 15PPOH027 - Not Running 2017/18

List C: 60 credits from List A, B or C

  • Political Thought on the Just Rebellion 15PPOH030 (15credits) Term 2
  • Political violence 15PPOH009 (15credits) Term 2
  • Urban Politics in the Middle East 15PPOH042 (15credits) Term 2
  • Approaches to Comparative Political Thought 15PPOH028 (15credits) Term 1
  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Social Research 15PPOH035 (15credits) Term 2

List D: Dissertation must be taken and based on a theme in one of the core modules

  • Dissertation in Political Studies 15PPOC999 (60credits) Full Year
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Last updated January 24, 2019
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