The program structure consists of four academic cycles and these, at the same time, are organized into two learning cycles (Basic and Advanced) in which the contextual, theoretical, methodological and research bases are provided.
This area seeks to put the student in contact with the significant theoretical concepts of the program which will be achieved through four courses: Theories of Development; Anthropology, Development and Culture; Cultural Theories and the Caribbean Context.
This area has as its objective the preparation of the student to face the problematic context in which he/she will operate, both at the institutional level as well as in professional practice. This area contemplates the courses: Theories of Human Development; Negotiation and Intercultural Contexts; Cultural Industries and Cultural Diversity; and Democracy, Development and Institutions. This basic component also covers the elective courses of the master’s program.
This area attempts to give the student methodological concepts and instruments to allow him/her to have ample criteria for his/her professional projection; it is specially focused on generating competencies related to the formulation, implementation and evaluation of development policies, plans and projects, and also creating capabilities to participate in the construction of public policies, elements all leading toward the orientation of human development. The courses in this area are: Legislation and Cultural Policies; Project Formulation and Evaluation; and Communication for Development.
In this area basic research skills are developed which aim not only at concluding the master’s degree, but also at the production of knowledge especially for use in the work context. Since the purpose is to understand the problems of development and culture, the formative activity must be permanently related to scientific research (theoretical and applied), especially in the field of the social sciences. This base will be achieved through the Research Seminar and the result will be seen in the preparation of the project required in the final cycle of the master’s degree coursework.