Major Social Policy for Development

Master in Development Studies

Are you concerned about poverty, inequality or social exclusion? Do you want to know more about population growth, employment creation, or children and youth in the Global South? Did you know that most of the policies directly addressing these subjects fall into the category of social policy?

The Major in Social Policy for Development at ISS offers an interdisciplinary, critical approach to the analysis of the problems of social reproduction and social provisioning – or of societal responses to social need – within a context of development and associated social and structural transformations. Emphasis is given to the question of how social policy can be used as a force for progressive transformation and for sustainable, equitable, gender-aware and socially-just development within a context of contemporary globalization and profound population transformations such as migration and urbanization. 

Target audience

This Major targets professionals, researchers, teachers, community based workers, activists and others working on social policy related themes in international development agencies, national governments, national and international donor organisations, non-governmental organisations, or in advocacy and social movements.