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?

Social Policy and Development 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.

The PGDM with electives of Social Policy and Development Programme aims to prepare students to develop the necessary core professional and personal competence required to work in the field of social policy and to engage in professional practices in social development. This involves gaining critical knowledge and skills in analysing and appreciating local and global policy issues and the ability to formulate and assess policy options that ensure effective, appropriate and sustainable outcomes, uphold social justice and improve social well-being.

To these ends, the programme is designed to bring together theory and practice that enables participants in the programme to meet challenges in social development ethically and imaginatively.

The programme critically reviews different development approaches and explores the social dimensions of development. The programme is intended for social science graduates or for public sector personnel involved in social policy formulation and implementation as well as NGO personnel concerned with policy advocacy and social development project implementation.