The MA in Society and Culture, a unique program conceptualized and implemented by the faculty at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar (since 2014), has a specific goal of providing to students (from any disciplinary background) breadth and focus in the key disciplines within the Humanities and Social Sciences. It does so by providing fundamental learning, debates, and methods in literature, sociology, anthropology, political science, and history. The two-year MA program emerges from a conviction that students need to be trained to understand the social and political context around them; that encounters with theoretical and cutting-edge formulations on societies and nations are necessary and must also be learned in tandem with real-life observation and fieldwork.

The program also helps students understand intersections between disciplines so that recurring themes such as identity, democracy, tradition, modernity, citizenship, selfhood do not get restricted to a narrow disciplinary focus. Exposure to interdisciplinarity is an integral part of a student’s learning. This is further developed and tested through rigorous research.

Students were provided with an opportunity to access journals, scholarships from any part of the world, and the faculty’s vast international network to provide them with internship and research experience relevant to their chosen research project. In short, the MA program allows one to deepen their knowledge and yet remain free of boundedness that is so characteristic of other systems.

Students graduating with a Master’s in Society and Culture are equipped with a nuanced and more in-depth understanding of their context, sufficient enough for them to realize the dangers of single narratives. Their learning and skills prepare them for doctoral studies, policy work, consultancy, and a range of jobs and research careers.

Curriculum

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.

M.A. Program Credit Structure

Core Courses (24 Credits)

Perspectives in History
Political Thought
Critical Approaches on Anthropology and Sociology
Perspectives on Indian Civilization
Literature, Theory, and Social Context
Research Methods in Social Sciences and Humanities

General Requirements (16 Credits)

Writing Course
Two Non-HSS Electives
Summer internship
Masters Thesis (20 Credits)

Electives and Project courses (20 Credits)

Humanism, Anti-Humanism, and Posthumanism
The Politics of the Environment
Philosophy, Cognition, and Psychoanalysis
Behavioral Economics
Philosophy of Mind
When You Cannot Experiment: Social Science Methods
Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to Cognitive Linguistics
Exploring India’s Scientific and Technological Heritage
Perspectives in Psychology
Linguistic Anthropology
Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Consciousness
Literary Experiments in European Modernism

Creativity, Design, and Doing
Foundational Sanskrit
Urdu Script & Poetry
Urdu Poetry Interpretation
Harappan Civilization
Introduction to Politics
Indian Systems of Ethics
Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems
Digital Cultures and New Media
India Through the Writer’s Eye
Human Evolution
Business Communication
Principles of Business Management
Introduction to Marketing

Program Highlights

Opportunity to engage in original research

Off-campus academic and policy internships

Student-led graduate seminars and symposiums

Opportunities for international exposure

International Conference support

Explorer’s Fellowship and Gram Fellowship

Need-based financial support

Career Development Service

Financial Support

Eligible candidates admitted to the MA program will receive a monthly scholarship of Rs. 5,000/-. The stipend support will be renewed per semester subject to a student’s continued satisfactory progress in the program.

Potential Career Prospects

We envision the program to give students a critical ability to approach the world and its many challenges. Careers after the MA program could be related journalism, advertising/media, communications, writing, teaching, human resources, nonprofit (NGOs, policy think-tanks), and of course, higher studies in academia should you choose to pursue a Ph.D. Students will also have the option of taking the University Grants Commission Lectureship exams (N.ET/S.L.E.T) in the allied disciplines. We believe that the possibilities are endless, and as with any other degree, employability is a combination of an excellent academic record, motivation, and a positive approach.

Experiences

Admission

Admission to MA in Society and Culture is offered based on entrance test and interview. The minimum criterion to apply is a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 55% marks (or equivalent CPI/GPA). Meeting the minimum application criterion will not guarantee admission to the program. The students who are awaiting final semester/year results and those who would be completing a Bachelor’s degree in the current are also eligible to apply. Eligibility requirements for SC/ST/OBC candidates will be in accordance with the Supreme Court guidelines. The shortlisting of the applications will be based on the overall credentials (marks in the bachelor’s program, academic achievements, aptitude for studying society and culture, etc.). The eligibility criteria mentioned above are minimum expectations, and the committee may use higher cut-off levels for shortlisting.

All applications must be submitted online. Please use the following link to create an account and fill up the application form

https://admissions.iitgn.ac.in/register.php

Application Deadline: February 10, 2021 (Extended) | Online Admission Test: February 28, 2021 | Online Interviews: March 1-3, 2021

Due to the covid situation, both admission tests and interviews will be online. You are requested to have at your disposal a camera-enabled laptop or desktop for the procedures. The smartphone will not work for the tests. Please make sure you have good connectivity.

You NEED NOT send the hard copy of the application form. However, you need to furnish a hard copy of the application form with a photograph and all the documentary evidence in original (testimonials, certificates, publications, work experience, and research/professional experience) at the interview time. Incomplete applications will be rejected. There is NO application fee.

If you have any query about the program, please email us at: inquiry.masc@iitgn.ac.in