General Objective

We strive to create highly qualified personnel (post-graduates) who will develop academic skills that can be used for analyzing the new paradigm of development; taking into consideration the interaction of theoretical perspective in these five areas: Social sciences knowledge, conduct multidisciplinary research of independent and innovation manner in order to resolve the globalization challenge and their relationship with local, regional and international phenomenon.

Specific objectives for each knowledge field: Institutions and Political Process

These knowledge fields provide students with the theoretical and methodological tools to assess the roles of institutions, systems, and political changes in the development process by applying it in the context of globalization.

Global Economy

Provide students with the theoretical and methodological tools that allow them to evaluate the role of economic interactions in development processes from the analysis of global dynamics and the challenges that this implies.

Public policies for development

Provide students with theoretical and methodological tools to understand the relationship between public politics and the development process, as well as to analyze, create, implement and/or evaluate public policies in the context of globalization. 

Globalization and Governance

Provide students with theoretical and methodological tools that allow them to evaluate the contemporary geopolitical configuration from the processes of globalization and its relationship with development.

Social Studies

Provide students with theoretical and methodological tools that allow students to analyze the sociocultural’s challenges that globalization impose in terms of equality, abilities, and identities.

About Us

Given the nature of global studies, the PhD in Global Development Studies is demand-driven, hence its curriculum is flexible and promotes that the student be co-responsible for their teaching-learning process by allowing them to choose variety of subjects regarding their fields of interest. They have the opportunity to choose elective subjects among three to five areas of knowledge: global economy, institutions and political process, globalization and governance, social studies and public policies for development; these areas were updated in 2016, in addition to the mandatory subjects: Introduction to the study of development, Political Economy for Development,  Strategic Models for decision making in Social Science and Directed Research and the thesis seminars I, II, III and  IV that facilitate the assurance of the quality of the theses, relevance of the topic and culmination in a timely manner.

The PhD in Global Development Studies is recognized in the National Register of Quality Postgraduate Studies (PNPC), at the level of international competition, which puts it on a short list of programs in the country that have this distinction.

The teaching-learning process that takes place in the PhD maintains a balance between teaching and research practice. Research learning is given throughout the courses in quantitative and qualitative methods directed research and theoretical courses that focus on
teaching how to investigate. Additionally, the national and international academic mobility of students is promoted in the modalities of academic stays, courses and/or participation in academic events in order to exchange and contrast knowledge and experience with their peers and academic references, in addition to developing other cognitive and social and emotional skills associated with leadership, management and decision-making skills, which allow them to adapt to the permanent challenges that researchers face.

The thesis supervisor, tutor and two internal readers are assigned from the first semester, in order to follow up on the research throughout the duration of the program, supervised through a collegiate follow-up that is analyzed within the Postgraduate Studies Committee (CEP) and materialized in the research colloquium that takes place every semester. This contributes to the completion and quality of the thesis that must be presented at the end of the three years.

 The presentation of thesis advances is made in the Research Colloquium, an instance in which the students are evaluated by the members of their thesis’ committee, who are selected in the first semester. The Research Colloquium is organized based on topics associated with the Lines of Generation and Application of Knowledge (LGAC) that the program has, to deepen the specialization, hence it seeks to invite external juries that allow a more specialized evaluation. This work of coordination, planning and organization of research colloquium is part of the educational process, as it allows the students to develop academic communication skills by publicly presenting their work and make a commitment by presenting individually to academic peers.



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      Dr. David Rocha Romero, PhD in Economics Sciences