Course Structure

MPhil Course Work 2019-20

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Format of the M. Phil. Written Entrance Examinations    

Candidates were required to attempt three questions, two from Section A, and one from Section B. In Section A, there were six essay-type questions, one from each sub-discipline as a paired choice, of which candidates had to attempt any two.  In Section B, candidates were required to attempt any one bibliographic essay question.

Structure of M. Phil. Coursework for the Academic Year 2017-2018

Two compulsory courses (1 and 2) and one optional course, the total value of which will be 100 x 3= 300 marks.

1. Research Methodology: 100 marks

(Offered in the first semester: August-December 2017)

The introductory lectures focused on the use and operationalization of concepts in social science research, the relation between research and theory, and the literature review. The course introduced students to some important quantitative and qualitative techniques, and acquainted students with the issues of research ethics and plagiarism, and sought to provide them guidance on how to find sources and write a research proposal.   

Mode of evaluation:

Exams: 100 marks

2. Concepts, Trends and Classics in Politics: 100 marks

(Offered in the second semester: January -April 2018)

Lectures were delivered on a select set of generic and discipline-wide concepts and trends with the simultaneous reading of prescribed classic texts (1 text for M.Phil. students and 2 for Ph.D. students) customized to students’ broad research interests, guidance of which was provided by the assigned faculty.  The 6 concepts chosen were: power, state, rights, governance, security and culture.

Mode of evaluation

Exams: 40 marks

Response Notes on assigned readings: 10 marks

Review Essay: 15 marks

Research Proposal (written): 10 marks

Research Proposal (viva): 25 marks

3. One optional course: 100 marks

(2 optional courses were offered in each semester. Students chose one course from these four.)

Two optional courses offered in the August-December 2017 semester:

1. Subaltern Politics in India

2. Political Theology Debates: Brahminical, Buddhist, Christian

Two optional courses offered in the January-May 2018 semester:

1. Doing International Relations: Exploring Alternative Trajectories

2. Knowledge, Development and Politics: Conceptual and Field Issues

Mode of evaluation

Term Paper (Written)/ Term Paper (Written) and Exams: 75 marks

Term Paper (viva): 25 marks

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