New degree launched in Education and International Development

14 April 2015

A new undergraduate degree scheme aimed at those who are interested in using Education as a means for community and social development from a global perspective, has been launch by Aberystwyth University.

The BA in Education and International Development is the latest addition to the portfolio of the School of Education and Lifelong Learning at Aberystwyth and will welcome its first students in September 2015.

Featuring modules in topics such as People and Partnerships, Global Education and International Development and Practise, the course is designed to enable students to contribute towards social cohesion and public resilience and in the long term lower rates of poverty.

Students will learn to consider every factor affecting education and development, such as community issues, the role of the individuals and government, and the impact of poverty.

The course will also offer an exciting 7-week placement in an educational or international developmental organisation that can be based within the UK or internationally, allowing students to develop a better understanding of the subject. There will also be opportunities for international development projects to be studied.

The skills taught through the degree will enable graduates to work in charitable organisations, non-governmental organisations, and educational policy-making bodies or in more practical social development situations.

Dr Stephen Atherton, Director of Undergraduate Studies in the School of Education and Lifelong Learning said: “This is an exciting and innovative degree scheme that will allow students to develop an understanding of the role of education within an international development context.

“Students taking the course at Aberystwyth University will have the opportunity to learn about, and to work with, a number of UK based and global organisations that play a key role in educational initiatives in the developed and developing world.

“This will place Aberystwyth University students at the forefront of key developments to tackle poverty, improve equality, health and wellbeing, and access to education on a global scale.”