New course launch from 2015: MA in Global Urban Justice

MA in Global Urban Justice, University of Leeds

About the course

Cities are not only becoming dynamic centres of economic growth and development but also crucibles of political action and contestation around diverse aspects of social, environmental and spatial justice. This will become even more relevant over time with around 70 per cent of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050. In cities and regions across the world, we now face multiple challenges of climate change, migration and citizenship that threaten our very social and ecological sustainability.

The MA in Global Urban Justice (GUJ) at the UoL, which is an ESRC recognized pathway to PhD qualification, is a unique postgraduate programme that combines cutting-edge theoretical and methodological training with ‘real-world’ experience of working with civil society organizations and campaign groups. It aims to meet a growing demand for interdisciplinary knowledge and expertise in the challenges of contemporary urbanization and social justice in cities and regions around the world.

If you are interested in becoming part of a new generation of urban practitioners who are theoretically informed, methodologically proficient and empirically grounded, and who can work across disciplinary divides to create more just, sustainable and inclusive urban environments, then this course is for you.

The course offers

  • ‘Real-world’ experiences through dedicated placements with established external partners, in the third sector (voluntary, charity, think tanks, NGOs) organizations.
  • Introduction to the core concepts and debates around urban justice and injustice across the global north and south with genuine broad coverage.
  • Interdisciplinary and critical engagement with contemporary urbanization in the global north and south to create more just, equitable and sustainable urban futures.
  • Advanced training in qualitative, quantitative and action research methods offering students an excellent pathway to employment or doctoral study.
  • Opportunity to explore cutting edge themes in global urban justice through modules associated with the School’s research clusters on ‘Citizenship and Belonging’ and ‘Cities and Social Justice’.

Delivery methods

  • Short-term internships working with civil society organizations and campaign groups.
  • Guest talks and training by journalists, campaigners, researchers and activists as well as visiting academics and researchers from specialist research and activism networks.
  • An innovative and interdisciplinary range of ‘learning by doing’ experiences including essays, reports, online blogs, presentations, design/policy/campaign manifestos, reflective logs and group projects.
  • Lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials taken by leading academic researchers in the field of global urban justice in one of the best critical geography departments in the world.

Fees and funding

The MA in Global Urban Justice offers two full UK/EU fee paid scholarships or four partial UK/EU fee paid scholarships each year. International students are also eligible to apply as long as they agree to pay the difference between UK and international fees.

Please direct all academic enquiries about the programme to Ayona Datta

More information about the programme and how to apply available here

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