Our Head of Department says:
Teaching and research in the Department is distinguished by the critical and engaged approach to international development, understanding social and economic change, and the impact of such change on affected communities, development actors and governments. Our academics are world-leading specialists on understanding the major drivers of international development, providing an expert critique of international development processes and their intended and unintended consequences. But we go beyond a critique of international development as it is, offering innovative and engaged ideas for how to move towards more just and equitable approaches to development. As well as globally-recognised expertise in international development practice and theory, all of the Department staff have an expertise in how international development operates in specific regional contexts.
Our modules provide students at all levels with a solid grounding in the discipline of development studies (a discipline characterised by its interdisciplinary nature), combined with research-led teaching on different aspects of international development. Our range of programmes at BA, MSc and PhD level allow students to gain access to our unique research community, and to the critical and engaged insights the academic staff offer on the history, current state and future of international development.
A particular strength of the Department is the warm and supportive environment it provides students, allowing for a dynamic learning and teaching environment in which its students can achieve their potential. As well as the academic team, we have an excellent student support team who provide a dedicated level of service to our students. As one recent graduate wrote of them: “They have always been professional, kind, thoughtful, prompt and supportive. Plus a great smile whenever one is needed.” The whole Department, academic and administrative, is there to ensure all our students can get the advice and assistance they need to achieve the goals they set for themselves in their study and their wider enjoyment of their time in the Department and at SOAS.