Considering a Masters course? Interested in participation, development and questions around power and social change?

Susanne Schirmer

This week the IDS students for the 2012/13 course celebrated their graduation and I thought this is a good opportunity to introduce the MA Participation, Power and Social Change (MAP) based at IDS.

The course is particularly geared towards professionals with at least three years of voluntary or work experience. It will enable students to critically reflect on their own practice and to explore the challenges of participation and power relations and what it means to facilitate change through an action learning project. Students come from a wide range of professional backgrounds, including community organisations, NGOs, social movements, governments, businesses and consultancies. They are based in the global South or North and work on diverse issues such as agriculture, health, HIV-AIDS, natural resources, climate change, youth, gender, community development, governance, communication, planning, evaluation and policy-making.

What makes MAP unique is the combination of academic study, practical experience and personal reflection. Two terms of teaching are followed by a four month period of work-based action learning or research, which could be in any country. Academic supervision for the placement is provided throughout by an IDS researcher. Devika Menon and Jessica Kennedy, two of last year’s MAP students, have blogged about their learning through their placements in India and South Africa.

To find out more about the MA Participation, Power and Social Change, watch a short video:

Visit the recently launched IDS Alumni blog to read about student’s experiences at IDS and how their time at IDS has influenced their careers.

Sue Schirmer works as Communications Coordinator for the Participation, Power and Social Change (PPSC) team at IDS.

Read other blogs about the MAP course:

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