single degree

Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

MAPD
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic contact
  • Field of Education
    • Studies in Human Society

If you’re a development practitioner, or aspiring to be one, the Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development (MAAPD) will give you the practical and analytic skills you need to make a difference, and also the theory to assess your impact.

The MAAPD is a highly-regarded qualification taught by leading academics with development work experience in the field

The MAAPD has a number of themes to guide your course choices according to your passions: conflict, development, environment, gender, health, humanitarian, and indigenous.
 

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Employment Opportunities

The MAAPD will advance your career in development, policy, and program management in bilateral, mulitlateral and non-government organisations or as an independent consultant.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Gain an understanding of trends and changes in development theory and practice as they apply to local development processes;
  2. Apply critical social inquiry and participatory processes to the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of development activities;
  3. Undertake social assessments and integrate social perspectives and participatory practices with other forms of technical expertise in development work;
  4. Advise on the development policy processes of NGOs, the private sector, government, and multilateral agencies to ensure the inclusion of local and community perspectives.

Further Information

  • Interested in writing a thesis? Check out the advanced version of this degree.
  • Students in a single MAAPD degree or flexible double Masters with MAAPD who accept 24 units credit for a cognate Bachelor’s degree towards MAAPD, will receive 24 units unspecified credit towards the completion of the first disciplinary courses list. (A further 24 units from courses on this list will still need to be completed).
  • Students in a Flexible Vertical Double Degree will complete the first 24 units of disciplinary courses whilst completing the third year of their Bachelor’s degree.
  • Please be aware that any courses taken as part of the 24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU list will not count towards the advanced degree should you decide to transfer. This is because the advanced degree has no free electives, as they are in practice replaced by a 24 unit thesis.

Admission Requirements

A cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (1 semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (1 year) of credit.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Cognate Disciplines

Anthropology, Asia-Pacific Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Heritage Studies, History, Human Rights, Indigenous Australian Studies, International Relations, Pacific Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, Social Research, Social Work, Sociology, Sustainable Development

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$28,320.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$40,416.00

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

Program Requirements

The Master of Applied Anthropology and Participatory Development requires the completion of 96 units, of which:

96 units must come from 6000-level, 7000-level and 8000-level courses

The 96 units must consist of:

24 units from completion of applied anthropology and participatory development disciplinary courses on any of the following lists:

Conflict
ANTH8106    Gender, Violence and Development
EMDV8009    Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
EMDV8079    Water Conflicts

Development
ANTH6009    Culture and Development
ANTH8007    Key Concepts in the Anthropology of Development
ANTH8009    Development in Practice
ANTH8038    Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8049    Issues in the Design and Evaluation of Development Projects and Programs
ANTH8058    Inequality and Development
ANTH8107    The World Bank and the Organisation of Development
CHMD8006    Global Health and Development
SOCY6045    Third World Development

Environment
ANTH8047    Land Rights and Resource Development
ANTH8060    Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
EMDV8009    Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
EMDV8079    Water Conflicts
EMDV8082    Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
EMDV8101    State, Society and Natural Resources
EMDV8124    Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

Gender
ANTH6025    Gender and Cross-Cultural Perspective
ANTH8038    Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8060    Exploring Gender, Resources and the Environment
ANTH8106    Gender, Violence and Development
DEMO8048    Gender and Population

Health
CHMD8006    Global Health and Development
CHMD8008    Medicine and Society in History
CHMD8014    Perspectives on Culture, Health and Medicine
CHMD8021    Indigenous Medicines, Health, and Healing
CHMD8022    Biotechnologies in Biomedicine
EMDV8001    Environmental Sustainability, Health and Development
POPH8108    Social Determinants of Health
POPH8318    Human Health, Environment and Climate Change

Humanitarian
ANTH8042    Migration, Refugees and Development
ANTH8056    Introduction to Humanitarian Action
EMDV8124    Disaster Risk Reduction and Management
HUMN8023    Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Indigenous
HIST8016    Settler Societies and Indigenous Encounters
INDG8001    Australian Indigenous Development
INDG8003    Understanding Indigenous Wellbeing: Demographic and Socioeconomic Change
INDG8004    Australian Indigenous Policy
INDG8006    International Indigenous Studies Research Project

Fieldwork and Internship courses
ANIP6503    Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)
ANTH6065    Indonesia Field School: Contemporary Change in Indonesia
ANTH6066    Indonesia Field School Extension
ANTH6135    Vietnam Field School
ANTH8016    MAAPD Internship
EMDV8015    Wet Tropics Cairns Applied Research Workshop
PASI6005    Pacific Islands Field School


12 units from the following compulsory research methods courses

ANTH8019    Social Analysis & Community Politics
ANTH8028    Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods

12 units from the completion of research project courses from the following list:

ANTH8007    Key Concepts in  Anthropology of Development
ANTH8009    Development in Practice
ANTH8030    Critically Assessing Contemporary Development Practice
ANTH8038    Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8039    Critical Issues in Gender and Development (Advanced)
ANTH8058    Inequality and Development
ANTH8107    The World Bank and the Organisation of Development

Either:

24 units from completion of one of the following specialisations:

Indigenous Policy and Development
Society and Environment

Or

A further 24 units from completion of any courses on the above applied anthropology and participatory development disciplinary courses list.

24 units from completion of elective courses offered by ANU

Unless otherwise stated, a course used to satisfy the requirements of one list may not be double counted towards satisfying the requirements of another list

 

Specialisations

Study Options

Year 1 48 units 36 unit list course 6 units 36 unit list course 6 units 36 unit list course 6 units 36 unit list course 6 units
ANTH8028 Social Impact Assessment: Theory and Methods 6 units Specialisation Course 6 units 36 unit list course 6 units 36 unit list course 6 units
Year 2 48 units ANTH8019 Social Analysis & Community Politics 6 units Specialisation Course 6 units Specialisation Course 12 units -
ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units ANU Elective Course 6 units
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