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Prospectus

The M.Phil/ Ph.D programme in Women's Studies is built on our experience and learning from the M.A. in Women's Studies offered at TISS since 2009. The purpose of the integrated M.Phil/ Ph.D. programme in Women's Studies at TISS, Mumbai is to train scholars with a theoretical and empirical commitment to gender justice, and to advance the research and scholarship objectives of the Advanced Centre for Women's Studies (ACWS). The programme in Women's Studies is offered for 2 years spread over the 4 semester teaching calendar of TISS. The course has been offered since June 2013. The first year of the Programme will consist of two semesters of course work followed by one year for completing a MPhil dissertation. The coursework for the programme is on theories and practices in development and research methods. The dissertation topic selected by students will specifically be on Women's Studies. After successful completion of the two years MPhil Programme, the students with minimum CGPA of 7.5 will have the option of moving to the PhD Programme which will be of 3 years duration and will require successful completion of PhD Thesis. The usual process of proposal and synopsis presentation at TISS will be followed. The students will have the option to exit the Programme after two years of successful completion of MPhil Programme.

 

Programme Structure:

The duration of the M.Phil. Programme in Women's Studies shall be two years, spread over four semesters coinciding with the academic calendar of the Institute.

 

The M.Phil programme shall carry a total of 46 credits and will have the following components:

i. Basic Courses (BC) (12 Credits): These consist of three courses (6 credits) in the theory and practice of research including feminist research; two courses (6 credits) that provide foundational knowledge in the major currents of social science discourse, and basic concepts related to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies.

ii. Optional Courses (OC) (4 Credits): The two courses of 2 credits each, to be chosen by a student from the list of courses (that can be revised from time to time) will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub) discipline that s/he has chosen to do research in.

iii The Dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member will proceed through the stages of synopsis formulation, preparation of a bibliography, familiarisation with the literature available on the selected research problem, and the student's original research per se. The dissertation shall be evaluated and graded by the guide and an examiner external to the Centre appointed by the Director from a panel of experts suggested by the AMC.

 

The Integrated-MPhil-PhD Programme will have two stages

Stage 1: MPhil Programme

1. Semester I Courses: There will be three basic courses (8 credits) that provide the foundational knowledge in the major currents of social science discourse, and basic concepts related to the interdisciplinary field of Women’s Studies. 

2. Semester II Courses: There will be two basic courses (4 credits) and two optional courses of 2 credits each, to be chosen by a student from the list of courses (that will be revised from time to time) will help extend or update her/his knowledge in the (sub) discipline that s/he has chosen to do research in.

3.Semester III & IV- Dissertation: The coursework in the first year of the Programme is intended to prepare students for research, and the research undertaken by students in the second year culminates in a dissertation (30 credits) submitted by the students at the end of the Programme. The usual process of MPhil dissertation evaluation will be applicable.

 

Stage 2PhD Programme

PhD Thesis: will require successful completion and defence of PhD Thesis after obtaining MPhil Degree with prescribed CGPA

 Courses for Integrated MPhil-PhD Programme in Women's Studies

 

Semester

Course no.

Course Title

Credits

I

BC 01

 

Contemporary Social Science Discourses and the Feminist Engagement

4

 

BC 02

Feminist Approaches to Disciplines, Methodologies, Methods and Tools Part I

2

 

BC 03

Theorizing Feminisms*

2

 

 

Total Credits (semester I)

8

II

BC 02

Feminist Approaches to Disciplines, Methodologies, Methods and Tools Part II

2

 

BC 04

Reading, Writing and Interpreting: Texts and Contexts

2

 

 

(choice of any two of the following optional courses)

2+2

 

OC 01

D Disability, Body, Intersectionalities

 

 

OC 02

Perspectives and Themes on Labour, Migration and Globalization

 

 

OC 03

Women in South Asia: Movements and Writings

 

 

OC 04

Technology and Women's Bodies: Revisiting the Lived Experience Debate

 

 

OC 05

Citizenship, Human Rights and Women

 

 

OC 06

Women, Violence, Justice and Peace: An Introduction to Feminist Peace Studies

 

 

 

Total credits (semester II)

8

III & IV

 

Dissertation

(process including synopsis preparation, literature survey, original research and writing)

30

 

 

Total Credits (semesters I,II,III &IV)

46

 

Notes: 1. BC = Basic courses, OC = Optional Courses.

  1.  1 credit is equivalent to 15 hours of instruction

PhD (years 3-5)

Degree will be awarded after successful completion of thesis 

Mode of Instruction:

Apart from lectures, there will be other pedagogical methods in use: seminars, specialized workshops designed by faculty and the research scholars, projects, and so on. Additionally the Centre organizes talks; students could initiate a discussion forum for seminars and guest lectures.