International master of African studies : double degree
This joint degree programme is being offered for the first time at Université Bordeaux Montaigne. Université Bordeaux Montaigne (France) is now offering the Master’s programme in Development Studies with a subject pathway entitled ‘International Master’s of African Studies (IMAS)’, in conjunction with the University of Bayreuth (Germany) where course units are conducted in English. Students are ultimately awarded with a Master’s degree in Geography: Development Studies, from Université Bordeaux Montaigne, and a Master’s degree in Development Studies: Geography, from the University of Bayreuth.
This Master’s programme of study aims to produce geographers who are specialists in development. There is, and will continue to be, great demand for their specialist knowledge, on the part of associations, companies, institutional bodies, diplomatic bodies, property owners, politicians and so on. Indeed, the entire team of teaching staff is convinced that, looking beyond economic and political obstacles, the African continent constitutes considerable potential for growth and thus employment in the coming decades. A sound understanding of these social, political, economic and structural dynamics is thus fundamental to working there.
Our pedagogical commitment is underpinned by a vision of Africa as a developing country. Our teaching distances itself from the bleak outlook of an Africa supposedly in the midst of dark times, or from the soothing image of a ‘Rising Africa’ that has sprung up in triumph. Instead, the programme takes into account in a systemic manner the geographical, social, economic and political developments that are shaping the continent, with the aim of producing future executives who can take up the challenges these dynamics pose and seize the career opportunities to be found there.
This joint degree programme is unquestionably interdisciplinary: it offers theory-based, methodology-based and applied course units on geography, but also on political sciences, anthropology and economics. The teaching brings together lectures, seminar units and interactive workshops, offering a point of contact with stakeholders working in Africa. A part of the course units is devoted to the analysis of development projects and policies. Students are also accountable for managing a number of value-creation projects.