The two-year MA Education Programme involves rigorous engagement with educational theory, practices and policies. It comprises of compulsory core courses, and a baskets of elective courses, which offer possibility for specialisation in various domains related to education.
The objectives of theprogrammeare to:
|Graduate Attribute||Programme Outcome|
|Disciplinary Knowledge||Ability to connect perspectives from ecological and social sciences to understand complex socio-ecological issues at multiple spatial scales|
|Ability to read, comprehend and analyse complex texts across the social and ecological sciences|
|Communication Skills||Ability to read and write, communicate research findings effectively through written, media materials and colloquia|
|Critical Thinking||Ability to apply analytical thought to a body of knowledge|
|Ability to analyse and evaluate evidence, arguments, claims, beliefs on the basis of empirical evidence|
|Ability to think critically and analyse discourses from different epistemological traditions|
|Ability to understand the role of power and politics in outcomes of environmental and social actions|
|Problem Solving||Ability to apply competencies acquired to understand and address real world problems, scenarios and case studies|
|Analytical Reasoning||Ability to evaluate the reliability and relevance of evidence from textual as well as field-based sources|
|Ability to identify logical flaws in the arguments|
|Ability to analyse and synthesise data from a variety of sources|
|Ability to draw valid conclusions and support them with evidence|
|Research-related Skills||Ability to formulate research questions based on observed realities in the field|
|Ability to recognise cause-and-effect relationships, define problems, formulate hypotheses|
|Ability to plan, execute and report the results of an experiment or field investigation|
|Ability to design and carry out independent research on appropriate research problems|
|Ability to assess social and environmental impacts of different laws and policies|
|Scientific Reasoning||Ability to analyse, interpret and draw conclusions from quantitative/ qualitative data|
|Ability to critically evaluate ideas, evidence and experiences from an open-minded and reasoned perspective|
|Reflective Thinking||Ability to develop critical sensibility to lived experiences, with self-awareness and reflexivity of both self and society|
|Information/digital literacy||Ability to use technologies like GIS and remote-sensing|
|Ability to use specialised software for quantitative and qualitative data analysis|
|Self-directed learning||Ability to work independently, identify appropriate resources required for a project, and manage a project through to completion|
|Multicultural Competence||Ability to effectively engage in a multicultural society and interact respectfully with diverse groups|
|Ability to learn values and beliefs of multiple cultures and a global perspective|
|Moral and Ethical Awareness/Reasoning||Ability to conduct ethical research with sensitivity and empathy towards human and non-human subjects of investigation|
|Ability to embrace moral and ethical values in conducting life|
|Ability to formulate a position/argument about an ethical issue from multiple perspectives|
|Ability to use ethical practices in all work|
|Leadership Readiness/qualities||Ability to work in teams, proactive learning, collaboration, conflict management, peer learning|
|Ability to pursue careful field-based enquiry into the ‘big questions’ of justice, well-being and sustainability in local, empirical contexts|
|Lifelong Learning||Ability to sustain a curiosity towards emerging issues and concerns specific to ecological sustainability and social justice|
|Ability to identify sources of information to pursue lifelong, self-directed learning in the abovementioned areas|
Overall structure (programme template with course organisation, course titles, credits, etc.):
|Semester 1||Semester 2||Summer||Semester 3||Semester 4|
Ecology, Ecosystems and Biodiversity (4)
Social & Political Ecology (4)
Elective (16 Credit in all)
Elective (6 Credit in all)
|Research Skills||Research Methodology I (4)||Research Methodology II (4)|
Assessment and Evaluation
Special needs for the programme (instructional space: studio, lab, clinic, workshop, etc.; equipment, software, any other – please specify):
Linkages with external agencies (e.g., with field-based organizations, hospital; any others):
Entrance process (test, interview, cut-offs, etc.):
Selection of candidates for the MA programme is through a Written Test (75%) and Personal Interview. Candidates are examined on their general awareness of environmental and developmental issues, quantitative/analytical skills, reading & comprehension abilities and logic & reasoning skills.
Programme scheduling (semesters; years; whether includes inter-semester breaks or not; etc.):
What are the intended aims of the programme?
The aims of the two-year MA programme in Environment and Development are:
How does the programme link with the vision of AUD?
The School of Human Ecology has a special link to the overall vision of Ambedkar University of promoting inclusive, broad-based, multidisciplinary higher education that caters to social justice and sustainability. The School expects to create future change-makers who can contribute to sustainability, well-being and social justice at the national and global scale through research, advocacy and practice. In keeping with AUD’s focus on innovative ways of teaching and generating knowledge, the programme promotes field-based teaching and research around social-environmental concerns.
How is the proposed programme positioned vis-à- vis the programmatic scheme envisaged for the School at its inception? How does the programme link with other programme(s) of the School?
The original conception of the School was to be a thought leader in developing the field of human ecology in India. Research and teaching at the School of Human Ecology (SHE) aimed to bring together ideas, methodologies and toolkits from various disciplines in the natural sciences and social sciences to understand interactions between the environment and human society at multiple spatial scales.
Does the programme connect to, build on or overlap with any other programmes offered in the University? Is it offered in collaboration with any School/Centre at AUD (if yes, please specify the nature of collaboration)?
How is it positioned in relation to other similar programmes in the field?
The MAED programme is unique in India given its orientation and scope, since it is one of the only social science based programmes which simultaneously offers its students a robust set of ecology-based courses. There are several MSc programmes in India that offer a brief orientation to social science perspectives, but a strong social science core is lacking in such programmes.
Is there a sufficiently defined body of knowledge and literature to support the programme?
Yes. Details are available in the detailed Programme Handbook.
What are the professional trajectories that the graduates of the programme may pursue?
The MAED programme has an excellent rate of placement, given its unique programmatic and graduate attributes. Alumni of the MAED programme are working in government agencies, NGOs, academia, research organizations, policy bodies, think-tanks, consultancy firms, civil society initiatives and the media. Several alumni are pursuing higher studies in Masters and research programmes in India and abroad. Independent research during internship and dissertation and emphasis on field-based learning has contributed strongly to our alumni’s success in the workplace and academia.
Are there sufficient in-house faculty resources available for the programme? If not, please provide an estimate of additional faculty resources required.
The existing faculty at the School of Human Ecology, with their core training in various natural and social disciplines, are well-equipped to lead interdisciplinary teaching and research. They use their long-term field sites and areas of expertise to expose students to core ideas of human ecology.
Rationale for the nomenclature of the programme
The programme name highlights the challenges and dilemmas of ‘sustainable development’ by highlighting the complex linkages between human well-being and ecological sustainability. It encourages students to understand the challenges of pursuing unlimited economic growth in an increasingly unequal and globalized world with finite natural resources.
Fee is charged per semester based on semester credits. Semester I credit load of MA Education is 17 credits. For the first semester the approximate fee would be Rs.28560/- (i.e 1680 per credit) + Rs. 500 per semester for student welfare + Rs. 5000 refundable caution deposit. Partial to full fee waiver and scholarships are available.
Full waiver of tution fees will be extended to students belonging to SC, ST and PwD categories.