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Prospectus

School of Development Studies

INTRODUCTION

The School of Development Studies, created in 2012, strives to achieve excellence in the pursuit and advancement of knowledge in development through high quality education and research with particular reference to the development debates and practices and their implications for excluded and marginalized communities. It aims to anchor several expansion programs in teaching, research, national and international collaboration in the areas of development and the forces that shape the process of development. It aims to organize and conduct research on development issues and thematic areas from a multi-disciplinary critical perspective, and to further enhance the two Master’s programs it offers—Development Studies, and Women’s Studies.

In order to undertake basic and cutting-edge social research to deal with a range of social, economic, cultural and political issues and processes, the School has identified some thematic areas that will concentrate the energies of the faculty and students: Agrarian Crisis and Rural Livelihoods; Climate Change and Adaptation; Conflict and Human Rights; Development as Social Enquiry; Development as Stability and Peace; Globalization and Social Movements, Governance; Decentralized Planning and Local Democracy; Human Security; Population, Migration and Development; Poverty, Inequality and Human Development; and Women’s Studies. The School will pursue intensive work in these thematic areas through 6 Centers and a research facility:

Advanced Centre for Women’s Studies

Centre for Study of Developing Economies

Centre for Public Policy, Habitat and Human Development

Centre for Study of Developing Societies

Centre for Population, Health and Development

Centre for Social Theory

Nutrition Research Facility.

 

Program details

M.A. Development Studies

The M.A. Development Studies program throws light on the rapid changes in the configuration of the state, markets, social institutions and civil society over the past decades in India and the world over, and their increasing consequences on society. This program equips students in developing critical perspectives in examining developmental experiences and their effects on society, especially on vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalized sections, and the natural environment.

The program introduces the students to models of development, and creates an understanding of participatory, self-sustaining and people-centered public policies and development. It develops their expertise in methodologies and skills for development research, and program planning and management.

Spread over two years (for four semesters), the students are offered a wide range of courses, both basic and elective, and a research project experience. The faculty for this program are drawn from a range of disciplines, such as economics, sociology, political sciences, psychology, geography, women’s studies, media and policy studies. Students who graduate with this degree may find their professional career in academic institutions pursuing inter-disciplinary research and teaching in development studies; in civil and allied administrative services; development facilitating organization; the corporate sector; and in research consultancy firms.

For 2015-2017 Batch Students

Distribution of Credit Hours

Year

Detail

Credit

First

Compulsory Courses (including FC)

29

Internship

Second

Compulsory Courses

24

Dissertation

08

Optional Courses (across 2 years)

10

Total

 

71

Semester-wise Listing of Courses

Compulsory Courses

 

Semester

Course Code

Course Titles

Credits

I

FC

Foundation Course

6

 

Philosophy of Research

1

DS1

Concept, History and Theories of Development

4

DS2

Contemporary Indian Economy

2

DS3

Methods of Social Research

4

II

DS4

Development Economics

4

DS5

State, Democracy and Civil Society

4

DS6

Law, Institutions, Society and Development

2

DS7

Women, History and Social Change          

2

DS8

Tutorial on Database for Development Research

NC

III

DS9

Development and the Social Sector

4

DS10

Agrarian Relations, Agriculture and Rural Development

2

DS11

Social Movements and Social Change

2

DS12

Inequality, Poverty and Financing of Human Development

2

DS13

Political Economy of Space, Development and Uneven Development

2

IV

DS14

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

4

DS15

Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour

2

DS16

Social Exclusion and Social Justice: Theories and Processes

4

DS17

Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

2

DS18

Roundtable on Development Processes

NC

 Note: The period between Semesters I and II would be used by students for data collection and the optional internship.

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 (totalling 4 credits) from other academic programs of the Institute to complete their optional course requirements.

Course Code

Course Titles

Credits

Optional courses for the first semester

DSO1

Principles of Economics: Micro-economics

2

DSO2

Perspectives in Science, Technology and Society

2

DSO3

Philosophical Foundations to Development Research

2

DSO14

Public Finance

2

DSO16

Contemporary Theories of Justice

2

Optional courses for the second semester

DSO7

Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

2

DSO8

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

2

DSO9

Society, Culture and Development

2

DSO10

Urban and Regional Development

2

DSO11

Social Psychology and Development

2

DSO13

GIS, Remote Sensing and Development Research

2

DSO17

Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour

2

DSO18

Women, History and Social Change

2

DSO19

Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

2

Optional courses for the third semester

DSO1

Principles of Economics: Micro-economics

2

DSO2

Perspectives in Science, Technology and Society

2

DSO3

Philosophical Foundations to Development Research

2

DSO4

Public Policy: Theories and Processes

2

DSO5

Political Economy of International Trade

2

DSO6

Development and Crime

2

DSO12

Inequality, Poverty and Financing of Human Development

2

DSO14

Public Finance

2

DSO15

Management of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement

2

DSO16

Contemporary Theories of Justice

2

DSO20

Agrarian Relations, Agriculture and Rural Development

2

DSO21

Social Movements and Social Change

2

Optional courses for the fourth semester

DSO7

Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

2

DSO8

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

2

DSO9

Society, Culture and Development

2

DSO10

Urban and Regional Development

2

DSO11

Social Psychology and Development

2

DSO13

GIS, Remote Sensing and Development Research

2

DSO17

Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour

2

DSO18

Women, History and Social Change

2

DSO19

Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

2

Note: * To opt for DS O5, the student is required to have completed DS O1

 

For 2016-2018 Batch Students

M.A. IN DEVELOPMENT STUDIES (2016-18 BATCH)

Distribution of Credit Hours

Year

Detail

Credit

First

Compulsory Courses (including FC)

31

Second

Compulsory Courses

6

 

Internship

2

 

Dissertation

8

 

Optional Courses (across 2 years)/(including CBCS Courses during II,III & IV Semester)

20

Total

67

Semester-wise Listing of Courses

Compulsory Courses

Semester

Course Code

Course Titles

Credits

I

FC

Foundation Course

6

 

 

Philosophy of Research

1

 

DS1

Concept, History and Theories of Development

4

 

DS2

Contemporary Indian Economy

2

 

DS3

Methods of Social Research

4

II

DS4

Development Economics

4

 

DS5

State, Democracy and Civil Society

4

 

DS14

Sustainable Development and Climate Change

2

 

DS19

Gender, Livelihoods and Development

2

 

DS20

Sociology of Economic Life: Concepts and Critical Perspectives

2

 

DS8

Tutorial on Database for Development Research

NC

 

 

Internship

2

III

DS9

Development and the Social Sector

4

 

DS16

Social Exclusion in India: Theories and Processes

2

Note: The period between Semesters I and II would be used by students for data collection and the compulsory Internship.

Course Code

Course Titles

Credits

Optional courses for the first semester

DSO1

Principles of Economics: Micro-economics

2

DSO2

Perspectives in Science, Technology and Society

2

DSO3

Philosophical Foundations to Development Research

2

DSO14

Public Finance

2

DSO16

Contemporary Theories of Justice

2

Optional courses for the second semester

DSO7

Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

2

DSO8

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

2

DSO9

Society, Culture and Development

2

DSO10

Urban and Regional Development

2

DSO11

Social Psychology and Development

2

DSO13

GIS, Remote Sensing and Development Research

2

DSO17

Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour

2

DSO18

Women, History and Social Change

2

DSO19

Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

2

Optional courses for the third semester

DSO1

Principles of Economics: Micro-economics

2

DSO2

Perspectives in Science, Technology and Society

2

DSO3

Philosophical Foundations to Development Research

2

DSO4

Public Policy: Theories and Processes

2

DSO5

Political Economy of International Trade

2

DSO6

Development and Crime

2

DSO12

Inequality, Poverty and Financing of Human Development

2

DSO14

Public Finance

2

DSO15

Management of Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement

2

DSO16

Contemporary Theories of Justice

2

DSO20

Agrarian Relations, Agriculture and Rural Development

2

DSO21

Social Movements and Social Change

2

Optional courses for the fourth semester

DSO7

Principles of Economics: Macroeconomics

2

DSO8

Advanced Quantitative Research Methods

2

DSO9

Society, Culture and Development

2

DSO10

Urban and Regional Development

2

DSO11

Social Psychology and Development

2

DSO13

GIS, Remote Sensing and Development Research

2

DSO17

Industrialisation, Globalisation and Labour

2

DSO18

Women, History and Social Change

2

DSO19

Project Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

2

Note: * To opt for DS O5, the student is required to have completed DS O1