School: School of Development Studies
The Master of Arts (Development Studies) programme throws light on the historical changes in the configuration of the state, markets, social institutions and civil society and their increasing consequences on developing societies, such as India. This programme equips students to develop critical perspectives in the analysis of development experiences and their effects on society, especially on the vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalised sections and the natural environment. It introduces the students to various experiences in development, and forges an understanding of democratic, participatory and inclusive public policies. It develops the expertise of students in methodologies and skills for development research, and in programme planning, management and evaluation.Spread over two years (four semesters), the programme offers students a wide range of courses, both basic and elective, and a research project experience. The faculty for this programme are drawn from multiple disciplines, such as economics, sociology, political science, psychology, geography, women’s studies, media studies and policy studies. Students who graduate with this degree find their professional career in academic institutions pursuing inter-disciplinary research and teaching in development studies; in civil and allied administrative services of the government; in development-facilitating organisations; in the corporate sector; in research consultancy firms; and in development journalism.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Note: * The period between Semesters I and II would be used by students for data collection and the optional internship.
* The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
The optional courses have been categorised into two groups: Pool 1 and Pool 2. The first and third Semester students will choose optional courses from Pool 1, and the second and fourth Semester students will choose optional courses from Pool 2. Other than optional courses in these two pools, the students may choose not more than two courses (totaling 4 credits) from other academic programmes of the Institute to complete their optional course requirements.
Note: *These courses are to be opted by the students only in the third semester.
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