School: School of Habitat Studies
Centre: Centre for Urban Policy and Governance
The two-year Master of Arts / Master of Science (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:
4 or 6*
Note: * Students must undergo 4 credits of skill courses in all,available to choose in the first and third semester.Courses in each of the groups have been presented together in the table above for comprehension and not necessarily in the sequesnce of teaching.
Public Policy and Governance : Theory , Analysis and Advocacy
Introduction to State, Law,and Governance
Basics of Financial Analysis
Ecosystems, Habitat and Sustainability
Research Methods - I
Basic Principles of Economics
South Asian Cities Urbanisation - I
Research Methods -II
Urban Planning : Challenges and Current Practices
Sectoral Electives :Choose any 2 from the 3 sectoral courses given below ** (total of 4 Credits)
1) Urban Water,
2) Urban Housing
3) Urban sanitation and Solid Waste Management
3) Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (EIA and SIA)
4) Basics of Financial Analysis (Note: Taught in Semester I)
5) Introduction to GIS
1) Engendering Urban Local Governance
2) Urbanisation and Water
3) Land, Housing and Property : Perspectives and Alternatives
4) Planning and the Indian City
Note: The Total number of creditts, list of CBCS curses and semester- wise listing of courses is provisional, and may undergo some changes. Due to current pandemic situation courses may be shifted or taught across semesters.
* The estimated expenses for the Field Institute are about Rs.14000/-, and this will be collected and managed by students themselves
** A concentration course enables students to develop their areas of inerest and usually linked to the project work or dissertation. Though every effort will be made to offer all Electives and Concentration courses, certain courses might not be offered in specific semester due to faculty unavailability or any other reason.
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