Centre for Studies in Society and Development is anchored to the disciplines of sociology, anthropology and social work in articulating perspectives on development. The Centre aims to generate and disseminate knowledge on theoretical and applied aspects of society and development and the interfaces between them. Its courses introduce and engage with different theoretical formulations and debates concerning local as well as global social development. It tries to analyse different processes, actors, structures and power relations as constructed and contested by the state and different institutions as well. Teaching and research activities in the Centre have been oriented towards contemporary questions pertaining to theoretical and applied dimensions of society. The Centre engages in teaching courses like Theories of Society, Perspectives on Social Development, Research Methodology, Understanding Indian Society - Rural and Urban, Social Stratification, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Human Rights, Marginalisation and Social Exclusion, Political Economy, Globalisation, State and Social Justice, Health and Development, Migration and Diaspora, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship, at both M.A and M.Phil. levels. The pedagogy is based on interactive teaching and reflexive exercise.
1) M.A. in Sociology
MA Sociology is a two-year course. Admission to the programme is open to a graduate in any discipline. The programme. The programme syllabus includes courses such as, among others, Theories of Society, Perspectives on Social Development, Research Methodology, Understanding Indian Society – Rural and Urban, Social Stratification, Gender and Sexuality, Human Rights, Tribal Studies, Marginalisation and Social Exclusion, Political Economy, Globalization, State and Social Justice, Health and Development, Migration and Diaspora, Corporate Social Responsibility and Social Entrepreneurship. The pedagogy is based on interactive teaching and reflexive exercise. Field work is an integral component of the courses to grasp the complexity of social reality. Students are encouraged to partake in discussion and dialogue to deepen their academic horizon.
2) M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Society and Development
M.Phil.-Ph.D. in Society and Development is a full-time integrated programme. However, before getting promoted to the Ph.D. programme, the students are mandated to fulfil the minimum grade points in the M.Phil. course. Students admitted to the programme are required to do two semester course work, followed by one semester dissertation work, which is extendable by another semester (but without fellowship). However, students have to secure minimum grade points in their course work to write their dissertations. Further, in order to continue with the Ph.D. programme, the students are required to secure a minimum CGPA at the M.Phil. programme.