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Master of Arts in Cities and Governance

Location: Hyderabad

School: School of Public Policy and Governance

Intake: 40

Description

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Policy professionals for inclusive and sustainable global cities of tomorrow

The School of Public Policy and Governance (SPPG), TISS – Hyderabad and the National Institute of Urban Affairs, New Delhi, offer a two-year interdisciplinary MA degree programme in Cities and Governance. The MA programme will enable you to:

  • Develop a robust understanding of cities/towns with a human perspective.
  • Equip you with the perspectives and understanding of economic frameworks, city finances and institutional designs.
  • Use state-of-the-art tools, data sets (big, micro, and geospatial) and methods.
  • Design and conduct research work independently.

 

The cornerstones of the MA programme are:

Based on an understanding of the foundational disciplines of Economics, Statistics, Political Science, Sociology, Law and Data Sciences, the programme is pillared by the following:

The aforementioned are complemented by application to real-world situations, case studies, practical exercises conducted in city labs, and extensive field-based capstone projects. Although the focus will be on the global south, including Indian cities, the course discussions will also be situated in the comparative, macro-international context comprising cities from the global North.

 

Key proficiencies

  • Awareness of a multitude of ways to understand cities - theories, planning, regulations, financing, grassroots practices, and their limitations.
  • Ability to undertake incisive analysis of policies that impact cities.
  • Familiarity with the nature and functioning of the city institutions and governance.
  • Practical skills in city-centric finance, city budgeting and planning exercises under City Labs- Master Plans, Developmental Plans and Sectoral Plans-Infrastructure and Utility Planning, Transport Planning and Planning of Informal Settlements.
  • Methodological skills to study cities through big datasets, microdata (Census, National Sample Surveys, Periodic Labour Force Surveys, National Family Health Surveys), Geospatial analysis and narrative accounts.
  • Data Visualisation

These skills will be used by you while working in specialized professional settings.

 

A distinct pedagogy

The programme delivery is a collaboration between the students and the instructor to facilitate a creative and rigorous teaching-learning ecosystem. Such a delivery approach will equip you with a theoretical understanding and hands-on experience to understand cities and intervene in planning and development.

Pedagogical tools include Classroom Lectures, Hands-on trainings, City Labs and Capstone Project.

  • Hands-on training involves experiential learning to understand the institutional architecture governing the city.
  • City Labs provide practical experience in conceiving and making development (master) plans, regional plans, sectoral plans, including Infrastructure and Utility Planning, Transport Planning and Planning of Informal Settlements
  • Capstone Project requires students to undertake 12-14 weeks of project in an organisation/institute working in urban areas where they will have the opportunity to work on a live project/policy initiative of the capstone organisation.

Career prospects

Professional and academic Opportunities

The school has an excellent placement record attested by the fact that alum of the school is working with ministries, departments, and institutions of Central, State, and District Governments; think tanks like Janaagraha; Consulting firms like PWC, Deloitte, and KPMG, etc.; Multilateral agencies such as UNDP, UNICEF, etc.; International organizations like the Clinton Foundation and national and international policy think tanks.

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Semesterwise Courses:

Course Outline: MA in Cities & Governance

 (Total Credits 84)

First Year (44 Credits)

Semester I (18 credits)

 Description

Code

Course Title

Credits

Core Courses

CG-1

The Social Introduction to the Cities

2

CG-2

The Institutions of Modern Cities: Law, State, and Governance

2

CG-3

Plans and the Making of Cities

2

CG-4

Economics of Cities

2

CG-5

Caring Cities

2

CG-6

Quantitative Reasoning and Statistical Methods

2

CG-7

Applied Data Science for Cities

4

Workshop

      CG-W1 

Introduction to R/Python                                     

2

Semester II (26 credits)

Core Courses

CG-8

Cities of ‘Global South’

2

CG-9

Financing Cities: Theories and Practices

2

CG-10

Urban Ecology and Environment

2

CG-11

Fundamental of Spatial Analysis

4

CG-12

Urban Health

2

CG-13

Project Management

2

CG- 14

Impact Evaluation

2

Workshops

CG-W2  

Introduction to GIS/Remote Sensing/GEE       

2

City Lab

CG-CL I   

City Lab: Exercise I                                  

4

CG-CL II   

City Lab: Exercise II                               

4

Second Year (40 Credits)

Semester III (22 credits)

 

 

Core Courses

 

CG-15

Qualitative methods

4

CG-16

Advanced Quantitative Methods

2

CG- 17

Policy Analysis Exercise

2

CG- 18

Reading Text and Research Writings

2

 

City Lab

 

CG-CL III   

City Lab: Exercise III

4

CG-CL IV

City Lab: Exercise IV

4

CG-CL V

City Lab: Exercise V

4

Semester IV (18 credits)

Dissertation 

CG-Diss

Capstone Project leading to Research Dissertation

18

Fee Structure:

Components

Master of Arts in Cities and Governance

Semester

I

II

III

IV

FEE

Tuition Fee

1,20,000

1,20,000

65,000

65,000

CHARGES

Examination Fee

5,000

5,000

5,000

5,000

Field Work/Internship Charges

10,000

20,000

20,000

20,000

IT Charges

20,000

20,000

20,000

20,000

Other Academic Charges

4000

4000

4000

4000

Library Charges

2,000

2,000

2,000

2,000

Other Charges (ID, Convocation & Miscellaneous)

2,500

0

0

0

FUNDS

Student' Competency Fund

10000

10,000

0

0

Lab Charges / Studio Fund

8,000

8,000

8,000

0

Development Fund

10,000

10,000

0

0

Students' Union Fund

500

500

500

500

Alumni Fund

0

2000

0

0

Health Care Fund

2,000

0

2,000

0

DEPOSITS

Caution Deposit (Refundable at the time of exit from programme on submission of No Dues Certificate)

10,000

0

0

0

Semester wise course fee

2,04,000

2,01,500

1,26,500

1,16,500