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Massey’s Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Global Development) will give you an advanced grounding in the theory, practice and application of the UN Sustainable Development Goals related to global development.
Find out more about the Master of Sustainable Development Goals parent structure.
The Master of Sustainable Development Goals (Global Development) is a new 180-credit taught degree focusing on the theory and practice of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The programme addresses the most pressing imperative facing humanity and the planet: sustainability. This degree is unique in Australasia. It presents a unique opportunity to showcase Pacific and Indigenous paradigms of sustainability as alternatives to dominant western paradigms.
The SDGs are the UN’s ambitious macro-level plan for humankind’s development and sustainability. The goals address global challenges including those related to poverty, inequality, climate, environmental degradation, prosperity, peace and justice. UN member countries, including New Zealand, began to implement the SDGs in 2016; they will run until 2030. The goals are relevant to both “developed” and “developing” countries.
You’ll take two core courses in sustainable development. The first will introduce you to theories of sustainable development and the SDGs. The second will focus on multi-disciplinary frameworks, how to measure progress against the SDGs, and paradigms of Indigenous knowledge and practice in the field of sustainability. This will have a strong international flavour.
Then you’ll take courses related to your endorsement in Global Development. The courses cover topics such as development management, gender and development, environmental sociology and natural resource planning.
You don’t need any prior knowledge of this subject.
You’ll examine the SDGs within the framework of global development, considering the roles of different actors such as donors, governments and non-governmental organisations in alleviating poverty (SDG 1), overcoming inequality (SDG 10) and working for peace, justice and strong institutions (SDG 16). Understanding how various actors can work in partnership (SDG 17) to achieve the SDGs is integral to your Global Development specialisation. There are opportunities to specialise further in understanding issues of gender equality (SDG 5) and environmental issues (SDG 6, 7, 13, 14 and 15).
The final 60-credit component of your degree is a research practicum. You’ll identify an agency, corporation or institution with which to work towards policies or practices guided by the SDG framework in global development. You’ll then conduct research on and analyse the global development work undertaken by that organisation.
This qualification will give you:
The degree will be taught full-time or part-time over three academic periods (trimesters), with contact workshops on one of our three campuses.
Massey’s Sustainable Development Goals Scholarship will support students who plan a career in sustainable development.
Massey is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities for development studies by the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranking.
There is strong demand in the global marketplace for workers with the requisite new skills to translate, implement, monitor and report on the SDGs.
The SDGs are already facing challenges on how the goals’ macro-level aspirations, collected through multiple rounds of global consultation, will be translated into everyday community, health, education, and workplace settings.
Employees with the skills to implement and measure progress against the SDGs are much in demand in both public and private organisations.
Regina Scheyvens has examined issues of sustainable development for over 20 years – from logging of rainforests in the Solomon Islands to ecotourism around national parks in Southern Africa and corporate social responsibility of tourist resorts in Fiji. Her work centres on how economic development should enhance social wellbeing, in a way which supports the integrity of the natural environment. In 2019 she convened the world’s first conference on Tourism and the SDGs.
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