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The philosophy of the Department of Social & Policy Sciences at the University of Bath is to create a lively and informed research community. We have a strong international research reputation, covering all the mainstream fields of economics, as well as a wide variety of development-related areas and disciplines. The Department has attracted substantial research funding for its work on environmental economics and on wellbeing in developing countries. Many of our academics are acknowledged as leading the field in their disciplines and for their forward thinking.
The University of Bath rated in the top 12 universities in the UK in the and Good University Guides, 2008
The department places great emphasis on the constructive relationship between its active agenda and its postgraduate provision
recent graduates who are interested in poverty, both globally and in the UK, and international issues and who are seeking a deeper conceptual and ethical understanding of this new discourse than is offered by conventional courses in ‘development studies’;
professionals working in development policy and practice for whom the discourse of well-being is becoming increasingly relevant, and who would like to deepen their understanding of human wellbeing from an interdisciplinary perspective and with a strong policy focus.
The programme aims to:
To provide a systematic understanding of the theories and concepts underlying the discourses of wellbeing and human development.
To review systematically and critically the literature on contemporary issues in wellbeing and human development.
To critically evaluate public policy from the perspective of human wellbeing.
To analyze critically and rigorously the ethical underpinnings of development policy and practice.
To enable students to identify and pursue their own research questions, and research and develop original arguments in specialist areas of their choosing.
To develop critical skills to draw policy implications from research.