School: School of Habitat Studies
Centre: Centre for Climate Change and Sustainability Studies
a) Programme require completion of Bachelor's Degree of minimum of 3 years duration or its equivalent ( under the 10+2+3 or 10+2+4 or 10+2+2+1 year bridge course pattern of study or any other pattern fulfilling the mandatory requirements of 15 years formal education) from a recognised university, in any discipline.
b) At the time of applying candidates studying in 3 year degree progremme should have passed in all the subjects for the 1st to 4th semesters and candidates studying in 4 year degree progrmmes should have passed in all the subjects for 1st to 6th semester.
c) Only those Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 10, 2017 are eligible to apply to all the programme.
Till the time the candidate submit results of the final year degree examination, admission to any of the Master's Degree Programmes of the Institute will be provisional. The results of the final examination have to be submitted before September 30, 2017. Those who fail to do so the provisional admission stands canceled.
The two year programme, Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Climate Change and Sustainability Studies) Studies is a pioneering initiative of the School of Habitat Studies, that was initiated on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Earth Summit at Rio, held in 1992. In the twenty years since Rio, both the issues of climate change as well as sustainability have become significantly more urgent.The programme attempts to provide a base for further interdisciplinary research and learning on issues emerging from the interface of human society with the geophysical and the biological environment, both in the local and global sense. The various forms and aspects of this interaction are examined in detail in the programme. The emphasis is on understanding the ecological and the economic, and the socio- Political sustainability of these interactions in the light of developmental objectives and ecological constraints. The issues of economic development, poverty, human development and equity would be revisited and their interlinkages with the environment explored.
The M.A. programme has a special focus on the issue of climate change which is among the most urgent global environmental concerns confronting the world today. The programme seeks to build amongst the students an in-depth understanding of the multi-dimensional andcomplex nature of climate change through comprehensive and thorough engagement with the relevant scholarship and field studies and interaction with practitioners, grass-roots workers and activists from communities an (4 Credits) movements. This entails looking into the reasons behind climate change, its impacts, the vulnerabilities of the future in the era of climate change and the complex responses required in terms of climate change mitigation and adaptation.This programme is based on an intensive four-semester schedule that combines theoretical perspectives and substantial fieldwork. The graduates from this programme will have a wide range of capabilities that will enable them to work and intervene in a number of possiblelocations, including development organisations, government agencies, departments and projects, academia, and other civil society and community based organisations. It also provides the necessary background for students to potentially work in the field of climate change and sustainability with industry, both in the public and private sector. The extensive space devoted to their dissertation work enables students to direct their learning towards working in any thematic locations of their choice in the future.The programme specifically involves teaching and inter-disciplinary dissertation work in areas including climate policy, energy and energy policy including renewables, water and water policy and governance, natural resource economics and economics of climate change, governance issues including natural resources and local and global environmental governance, sustainability issues in industry, etc.In summary, the programme:• Provides students with knowledge of the scholarship in climate change, sustainability and sustainable development, based on a sound introduction to the study of development in general.• Teaches students to critically assess climate mitigation and adaptation principles and practices, and sustainability principles and practices.• Provides students with the conceptual and practical tools to evaluate developments in key sectors such as energy and water on the basis of their scientific, economic, and technological merits, as well as on their potential to contribute to broad societal goals such as development and poverty eradication, environmental protection and enabling equity.• Teaches students to locate and map value (4 Credits) vulnerabilities with respect to the environment and climate, but taking account also of social vulnerabilities including those due to caste, class and gender.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Philosophy of Research
CC & SS 01
Concepts and Theories of Development
CC & SS 02
Eco-systems and Habitats
CC & SS 03
Perspectives on Science, Technology and Society
CC & SS 04
Research Methods - I
Urban Fieldwork (2 Weeks)
CC & SS 05
Research Methods - II
CC & SS 06
Introduction to Sustainability Studies
CC & SS 07
Introduction to Climate Science
CC & SS 8.1
Energy and Climate Change Mitigation - I
CC & SS 9.1
Water and Sustainable Development - I
CC & SS 10
Vulnerability, Adaptation and Livelihoods
CC & SS 11
Basic Concepts in Economics & Environmental and Natural Resource Economics*
Rural Fieldwork (3 Weeks)
CC & SS 12
Global Environmental Governance
CC & SS 8.2
Energy and Climate Change Mitigation – II
CC & SS 9.2
Water and Sustainable Development – II
CC & SS 13
Natural Resource Governance
CC & SS 14
Economics of Climate Change
CC & SS 15^
Elective 1: Climate Change Modeling
CC & SS 16^
Elective 2: Energy Modeling
CC & SS 17^
Elective 3: Sustainable Cities
CC & SS 18^
Elective 4: Water and Sustainable Development
CC & SS 19^
Elective 5: Extreme Events and Disasters
CC & SS 20
CC & SS 21
GIS and Macro-data Analysis (Optional)
CC & SS 22
Workshops: Contemporary Issues#
CC & SS 23
Technical Skills in Environment and Sustainability
CC & SS 24
* Note: The semester-wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes.
*Basic Concepts in Economics and Environmental and Natural Resource Economics will run in sequence
**Project/Dissertation work will begin in the second semester. Students expected to do preliminary/exploratory field work in summer after rural field work. The Project Work or Dissertation Research will expect independent work by a student on any relevant topic connected with the theme of concentration chosen under the guidance of a faculty member (and outside expert, if needed). Project/Dissertation credits are spread over 2 semesters (3rd and 4th)
^Two out of five electives to be chosen – 2 credits each
***Proposal preparation and presentation for the project/dissertation will take place early 3rd semester (Around 3rd week)
****Semester IV begins with field work. Ten weeks or more (till Dec. 15Th ) for field work from start of the vacation after 3rd semester. GIS/Data analysis and workshops to begin in 3rd week of Dec till end Jan. Classes to be held only on two days per week. Five days for working on dissertation.
#Contemporary Issues will be run in a workshop mode and will cover relevant subjects that do not get covered in the course material.
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