MASTER OF ARTS (M.A) IN SOCIAL POLICY

The Centre runs a Master of Arts teaching programme in Social Policy Studies with a student enrolment of 25. Students are drawn mainly from public institutions and NGOs engaged in development work. The main aim of the MA Social Policy Studies programme is to equip students with skills for critical analysis of social policy issues and to design relevant and potentially sustainable social development programmes. The design of the program is intended to adequately prepare students for effective priority setting, planning and management of socio-economic development in a developing country context. It is a two-semester programme and students take a maximum of five courses (both core and elective) each semester. Policy relevant research is a core component of the MA Social policy programme and each year, students embark on a practical fieldwork exercise. The students are guided to select a relevant policy issue of interest, visit some districts for a week to collect and analyse data after which they submit a report that is graded. The field exercise is aimed at giving students adequate practical training in social policy related work and preparing them to write their individual dissertations at the end of the one-year programme.

 

Year started: 2008

 

Funding: Fee paying

 

Introduction:  The Centre began its Master of Arts teaching programme in Social Policy Studies in 2008. The design of the programme is intended to adequately prepare its graduates for effective priority setting, planning and management of socio-economic development in a developing country context.

 

Objective: The main aim of the MA Social Policy Studies programme is to equip its graduates with skills for critical analysis of social policy issues and to design relevant and potentially sustainable social development programmes.

 

Course duration and content: It is a two-semester programme that offers a maximum of five courses (both core and elective) each semester.  Policy relevant research is a core component of the MA Social Policy programme and each year, students embark on a practical fieldwork exercise. The students are guided to select a relevant policy issue of interest, visit some districts for a week to collect and analyse data after which they submit a report that is graded.  The field exercise is aimed at giving students adequate practical training in social policy related work and preparing them to write their individual dissertations at the end of the twelve-month programme.

Courses

First Semester

Core

·         Seminar

·         Research Methods

·         Human Rights and Human Development

·         Public Policy Analysis

·         Theoretical Perspectives in Social Policy

Electives

·         Social Mobilization and Volunteerism

·         Special Issues in Vulnerability

 

 Second Semester:

·         Economics of Social Policy

·         Social Protection in Practice

·         Managing Social Conflicts and Consensus Building

·         Gender and other Social Diversity Issues

·         Practical Training

·         Dissertation

 

Electives

·         Child Rights and Protection

·         Decentralization and Social Policy

·         Family, Community and Social Transformation

 

Teaching approaches:

Lectures for all the courses are delivered through:

·         Slide presentations by lecturers

·         Interactive discussions between the lecturer and the students

·         Group work (group discussions, exercises, debate, presentations by students to plenary)

 

Entry requirements:

A good first degree with a second class lower division or better. A first degree in the Social Sciences is an added advantage.  Candidates must pass an entrance examination and interview.