The two-year, 80-credits MA program in Society and Culture at IIT Gandhinagar aims to provide analytical lens and theoretical perspectives in disciplines including History, Culture Studies, Literature, Translation Studies, Sociology, Political Science and Anthropology. The MA curriculum combines core learnings in theory and methods with a range of advanced electives in specific disciplines. That is, students interested in particular disciplines may take specific tracks that allow them to deepen their knowledge and critically engage in the contemporary body of scholarship shaping the humanities and social sciences intellectual traditions. Please note that, students can also complete the program without opting for a specific track. As a capstone project, all MA students complete a Master's level thesis that allow them to work closely with a faculty advisor in the students' preferred field of specialization. Overall, the MA program trains graduate students in independent research allowing them to pursue an advanced academic degree (e.g. PhD) and also prepares them for professional careers in journalism, writing, social development sector and public policy.
MA in Society and Culture has a very flexible curriculum.
The objective of the curriculum is to enable students to design the program according to their preference . The following discipline tracks are offered.
These courses will help students develop a critical appreciation of the nuances of historical transformation, power and agency, articulation of class and community identities, the role of civil society, democratic mobilization, mob psychology and so on.
MA Program Highlights
Opportunity to specialize in discipline specific concentrations
Opportunity to engage in original research
Off campus academic and policy internships
Student led graduate seminars and symposiums
Courses and mentoring offered by distinguished faculty who are experts in their fields
Research awards and conference support (on a competitive basis) for MA students
In short, the MA program allows students to deepen their knowledge of a set of disciplines and yet remain free of boundedness that is so characteristic of other systems Given below is a list of core and specialized track courses to provide a view into the nature and scope of the program:
Perspectives in History, Perspectives on Politics, Critical Approaches to Anthropology and Sociology, Perspectives on Indian Civilization, Theoretical Perspectives in Literary Studies, Research Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities.
Literature and Society Track Electives (Indicative)
Reading English in English Classical Indian Literature, India Through the Writer's Eye, World literature and Readings from Bengal, South Asia through Literature.
History & Politics Track Electives (Indicative)
History of Modern India (1930-1964) Paradox of Indian Democracy, Social History of Dissent Mobs, Crowds and Citizens: Democracy and Mass Mobilisation in India, Global Poverty and Developmental Aid.
Public Policy and Human Development
Introduction to Demography: Population Measures and Social Processes, Global Poverty & Development Aid, Disease, Health & Inequality, Human Development: Theory, Measures and Policies, Education in Modern India: History, Policies & Process of Reforms, Theories of social epidemiology.
M.A Program Credit Structure
Minimum credits required for graduation is 80. An indicative distribution of course credits is the following. Core Courses (20 Credits), Track/General electives (26 Credits), Summer Internship (4 credits), Electives outside HSS discipline (6 credits), Cultures of Communication (4 credits), Dissertation (20 credits).