María Inés Cubides Kovacsics (SJP) (2018-2019)
The aspect I like the most is the way every lecturer has the ability to make students re-think and make critical analysis about everyday situations.
Name: María Inés Cubides Kovacsics from Colombia
Why did you choose this major?
Fighting for human rights and working to solve the impacts of daily social change is a demanding and struggling task, but I knew the Development Studies Master, particularly the major in Human Rights, Gender and Social Justice could provide me with the opportunity to learn from the others' experiences within a global context, to see how different inequalities are interconnected and reproduced in very subtle ways, and to strengthen my strategies, approaches and methodologies, therefore the situations I am fighting against shall not be reproduced within myself and others from the same practices and ideas I have developed herein so far.
How will this major help you in the future (career wise)?
In Colombia, we are continuously trying to adopt a foreign development model with the scary certainty it would undoubtedly serve its cities, regions and specific ways of life, but some of its principles and objectives might turn out problematic because they might generate mayor social exclusion, marginalization, discrimination, rights violations, and even expropriation of the land. I am certain this major and its critical perspective of the academic and professional training shall provide and open paths to see and pursue social justice. I want to involve people in these discussions and participate in the construction of feasible solutions that actually take into account lives and necessities.
Why did you choose ISS?
First of all, I chose ISS because of its unique combination of development studies and social justice perspectives. This approach is not common among other development studies programs. On the other hand, I thought that the diversity, in terms of the students and staff involved in the institution, would be a unique experience to learn from others’ experiences, backgrounds, and contexts.
Would you recommend ISS to your peers?
Yes, I would recommend it to my peers. Specially to people involved in social justice projects because it gives new perspectives, approaches and it trains our critical senses to go beyond what we take for granted.
The cultural diversity of ISS
The cultural diversity of ISS gives this master a unique experience. During courses, every person can contribute to enrich academic approaches from its own experience and the social historical background each one was involved before. Specially, this exchange becomes even more rich in informal spaces, when everyone feels comfortable to share and talk.