Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Department of Public Policy, Law and Governance


Department Profile-E-Prospectus


1. Programme Objectives
The MA programme seeks to introduce students to the study of policy-making and implementation processes to create improved understanding of events happening in society. It will help students in sharpening their powers of analysis and judgment. The programme will contribute to acquisition of analytical skills that can help in informing policy choices. For this reason democratic context of policy choices will be explored foregrounding the issues of liberty and justice. In addition, the MA programme should equip the students with skills to evaluate and assess programmes and projects.
     The core courses will have three streams: a. introduction to concepts and theories of substantive aspects, b. integrative understanding of policy-making in the framework of law and institutions of governance and democracy, and c. introduction to evaluation methods and democratic accountability mechanisms.
2.  Structure of the Programme
            a. The MA programme will be taught in 4 semesters over a period of two 
           b. There will be 22 taught courses with a thesis which will be equivalent to 2
               taught courses.       
           c.  There will be 14 core courses, 8 elective courses and a thesis equivalent to    
                2 core courses.
           d. Six courses will be taught in the first three semesters and in the fourth semester     
               there will be four courses allowing time for thesis writing.
           e. Each student will be assigned a faculty mentor to advise on the choice of  
               electives and topic of thesis.
3. List of Courses
            Following core courses will be taught in each semester:
  First semester             1. Policy Analysis Concepts and Theories
                                          2. Democracy and Institutions of Governance
                                          3. Neo-liberalism and Changing Role of State
                                          4. Law and Development
                                          5. Justice
                                          6. Ideas and Issues in Public Administration
  Second Semester     1. Civil Society and Public Policy
                                         2. Globalization and Public Policy
                                         3. Policy Making Institutions in India
                                        4. Public Administration and Governanance in India
                                        5. Elective Course
                                        6. Elective Course
   Third Semester         1. Qualitative Research Methods
                                         2. Understanding Poverty and its Dimensions
                                         3, 4, 5, 6 Elective Course
   Fourth Semester       1. Gender Social Exclusion and Public Policy 
                                         2. Quatittative Techniques in Analysing Data
                                         3. and 4. Thesis Writing
                                         5. and 6. Elective Courses
4. Proposed List of Elective Courses
                   Out of the 8 elective courses, students have to take at least 4 courses from the list given below. Other 4 courses can be chosen from those taught in other departments/scools of the University.
                                             1. Business and Public Policy
                                             2. Free Expression, Media Policy and Law
                                             3. Rural development
                                             4. Urbanization and Development
                                             5. Politics of Development
                                             6. Social Movements
                                             7. Sustainable Livelihoods Policy and Programmes
                                             8. Regional Development
                                             9. National Resource management
                                            10. Disaster Management
                                            11. Education Policy and Governance
                                            12. E-Governance
                                            13. Society, Technolgy and Policy
                                            14. Multi-Level governance
                 15. Social-Cost Benefit Analysis          
  16. Policy Evaluation
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