School: School of Habitat Studies
Centre: Centre for Urban Policy and Governance
a) Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in Engineering, Architecture, Management, Physical Sciences, Geography, Planning, Law, or Social Sciences with interest in habitat-related issues/sectors.
b) Candidates who will be able to complete all the requirements of their final year Bachelor's Degree examinations by Saturday, June 10, 2017 are also eligible to apply to the programme.
c) 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.
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 Master of Arts / Master of Sciences (Urban Policy and Governance) is the first of its kind in India. It aims to build a comprehensive understanding of urban realities, processes and challenges in India and the Global (and globalising) South. Apart from imparting interdisciplinary insights from different contexts, the programme also equips students to intervene effectively on urban issues through work in public, private and civil society organisations. Alumni of the programme are currently pursuing promising careers in all three sectors.The programme examines the origins, foundations, development, and implementation of public policy related to cities and urbanisation in India. It engages critically with policies, plans, laws and initiatives, as well as with the diverse social, economic, political, and cultural factors that shape them. The urban is conventionally studied as a static system, in a compartmentalised manner. This programme conceives of it as an open, multi-dimensional, evolving formation involving many forces: the natural and built environment; political, economic, social and cultural processes, structures and institutions; human, technical and managerial knowledge and capacities; and the lived experiences of people on the ground, among other things. Concretely, it examines how different policies affect different social groups and classes, and how they in turn respond to, and shape these policies, in turn. A key ambition of the programme is to re-imagine the urban in India, and the Global South, especially in the context of globalisation. The guiding perspective emphasises democratic, equitable, socially just, culturally sensitive and technically sound, processes and outcomes.The programme structure includes programme specific courses on the one hand, and a mix of mandatory Foundation Courses and choice based courses (CBCS) offered at the institute level on the other. The programme specific courses are of four kinds: Core, Research Methods and Practices, Elective Courses, and Concentrations. The Core courses of the programme introduce the student to key dimensions, contexts, issues and mechanisms related to urban processes and realities. These include, for instance, introductions to South Asian urbanisation; the interplay between urban politics, governance and policies; the urban ‘metabolism’ produced by various infrastructures and its social life. Two sets of Elective Courses are offered within the programme. One set is devoted to deeper exploration of different urban ‘sectors’ like water, housing, and sanitation. Another seeks to impart ‘skills’ like GIS, macro data analysis, and EIA/SIA. There are also five courses in the Research Method and Practice set, two of which introduce research methodology, while the others offer very different experiences of actively doing research involving field immersion and group work. In the second year, the student chooses one of the Concentrations on offer to develop a more in-depth understanding of a particular thematic area of research and practice, which culminates in an independent research project or dissertation conducted with the guidance of a faculty member. Projects address practical problems and challenges, while dissertations contribute to creating academic knowledge. Both require independent work and systematic research by the student. Work on Project/ Dissertation commences in the 3rd semester with the submission of a research proposal.Faculty at the School engage in research projects along these key themes and this experience feeds into in-class teaching and exercises. Course teachers and students benefit from this dynamic and interactive learning process.
Distribution of Credit Hours:
Elective Courses (Sectoral and Skill Elective)
Choice Based Credit System (CBCS)
Philosophy of Research
Public Policy and Governance: Theory, Analysis and Advocacy
Research Methods - I
Ecology and Habitat
Urban Livelihood and Housing - I
Research Methods - II
Social Science Perspectives on Urban Development - I
Urban Governance in India
Habitat Planning Theory and Practice
Sectoral Courses (select any 3 out of 5)
Urban Water, Sanitation and Solid Waste - II
Techno- financial Assessment of Projects
Perspectives on Urban Space
Sustainable Development and Climate Change
Internship (6 weeks - non credited but mandatory)
Social Science Perspectives on Urban Development - II
Introduction to GIS
Macro Data Analysis
Urban Water Systems
Affordable Housing for the Poor
Planning and the City
Climate Change, Urban Response and Adaptation
Financing Issues in Urban Infrastructure
Built and Lived Environment
Concentration Work - II (Self Study)
Choice Based Courses - 1*
Choice Based Courses - 2**
Urban Transport: Planning, Policies and Practices
Project/ Dissertation ****
Note: * These workshops will aim to cover those elements not otherwise covered.
** 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). The project work will involve analytical work aimed at solving a practical issue, while the Dissertation will involve research aimed at contributing to knowledge on the topic.
*** Policy Assignment course can be taken in Semester IV for extra 2 credits.
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