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.
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
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)
Two Non-HSS Electives
Masters Thesis (20 Credits)
Electives and Project courses (20 Credits)
Humanism, Anti-Humanism, and Posthumanism
The Politics of the Environment
Philosophy, Cognition, and Psychoanalysis
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
Fundamentals of Cognitive Psychology
Phenomenology, Embodiment, and Consciousness
Literary Experiments in European Modernism
Creativity, Design, and Doing
Urdu Script & Poetry
Urdu Poetry Interpretation
Introduction to Politics
Indian Systems of Ethics
Introduction to Indian Knowledge Systems
Digital Cultures and New Media
India Through the Writer’s Eye
Principles of Business Management
Introduction to Marketing
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
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.
Application opens: December 1
Application Deadline (closed): January 30, 2022
Online Admission Test: February 27, 2022
Online Interviews: February 28-March 1, 2022
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. Application Fees for SC/ST/PwD: Rs. 150 and all others: Rs. 300.
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